Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) are reintroducing a bill to allow people living in federally assisted housing to use marijuana in compliance with state law without fear of losing their homes.
As it stands, people living in public housing are prohibited from using controlled substances in those facilities regardless of state law, and landlords are able to evict such individuals. The bicameral legislation—titled the “Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act”—would change that.
It would provide protections for people living in public housing or Section 8 housing from being displaced simply for using cannabis in states that have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes.
Norton has filed similar versions of the proposal over recent sessions, but the reform has yet to be enacted. This appears to be the first time Booker is championing a Senate companion. The latest bill is similar to what’s been previously introduced, with mostly technical changes to the language.
“This legislation challenges the discriminatory practices that still negatively impact tenants in federal housing programs, and ensures that personal choices made in accordance with state law are protected,” Booker said in a press release on Thursday. “No one should face eviction
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