Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Permit Marijuana Use in Public Housing

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U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) speaks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016 (REUTERS/Mike Segar).

A Congresswoman from Washington, DC has introduced a bill that would permit the use of marijuana in public housing.

US Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) announced on April 25 that she has introduced a bill permitting the recreational use of marijuana in federally assisted housing in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state. Currently, federal law prohibits marijuana use in public housing and tenants are subject to eviction if caught.

In a press release, Norton said she believes that no one should fear being denied public housing or eviction for using marijuana in a state where the substance is legal. Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana use and 90 percent of Americans support the legalization of the drug, according to Norton’s statement. The…

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