A congresswoman is asking the federal government to stop kicking people out of public housing for using marijuana in states where it is legal.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on Tuesday sent a letter to the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), imploring her to use “executive discretion” to not enforce policies that prohibit cannabis use in federally assisted housing in states that have enacted legalization.
The congresswoman wrote to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge two weeks after filing legislation that would legislatively accomplish the same objective.
“Individuals living in federally assisted housing should not be denied admission, or face eviction, for using a legal product,” the congresswoman wrote. “Adult use and/or medical marijuana is currently legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia, and over 90 percent of Americans support legalized medical marijuana.”
“The federal government has begun to change its approach to marijuana,” Norton said, adding that Congress has consistently included language in appropriations legislation in recent years that prohibits the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using its funds to interfere in the implementation of state-level medical cannabis laws.
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