Eleanor Holmes Norton Pushes Bill to Permit Marijuana Use in Public Housing
Though nearly 33 states in the country have legalized some form of marijuana use, public places where you can actually smoke it are a different story. In some cases, you cannot legally smoke it in your own home if your housing is federally funded. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a member of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, wants to change that. She introduced the Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act last week, which would permit the use of marijuana in federally assisted housing, including public housing and Section 8 housing, in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located. “Individuals living in federally funded housing should not fear eviction simply for treating their medical conditions or for seeking a substance legal in their state,” Norton said. “Increasingly, [Americans] are changing their views on marijuana, state by state, and it is time that Congress caught up with its own constituents. With so many states improving their laws, this issue should have broad bipartisan appeal because it protects states’ rights.” More here.