Hundreds of demonstrators rally at 20th Street and Massachusetts Ave in northwest D.C. in support of federally legalizing marijuana and in protest of Sen. Jeff Sessions, newly elected President Trump's pick of attorney general, on Jan 20. (Travis Riddick/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** Hundreds of demonstrators rally at 20th Street and Massachusetts Avenue in northwest D.C. in support of federally legalizing marijuana and in protest of Sen. Jeff Sessions, newly elected President Trump's pick for attorney general, on Jan 20. (Travis Riddick/The Washington Informer)

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Wednesday filed two amendments at the House Rules Committee to the fiscal 2023 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to allow marijuana in federally-funded public housing in jurisdictions where the drug is already legal.

Marijuana consumption is legal in the District. However, the commercial sale of recreational marijuana is illegal in the city because of a congressional mandate whereas the selling and purchasing of the medical version of the drug are legal.

The other amendment would prohibit HUD from using its funds to enforce the prohibition on medical marijuana in jurisdictions where it is legal.

Norton’s pieces are co-led by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development should not be allowed to remove people from their homes or otherwise punish them if they follow the marijuana laws of their jurisdictions,” the delegate said. “More and more states are moving toward legalization of marijuana, especially medical marijuana. It is time for HUD to allow marijuana in federally assisted housing in jurisdictions where it is legal, particularly where medical marijuana is legal. Nobody should be evicted for following the law and the advice of their doctors.”

Earlier in the congressional session, Norton wrote a letter to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge requesting she use executive discretion not to enforce the prohibition on marijuana in federally-funded housing in places where the drug is legal.

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  1. Cannabis consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide Federally Now!

    The “War on Cannabis” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our yearly tax dollars fighting a never ending “War on Cannabis”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. Especially now, due to Covid-19. It’s a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Cannabis has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records. Especially, if they happen to be of the “wrong” skin color or they happen to be from the “wrong” neighborhood. Which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Cannabis is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less cannabis “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Cannabis Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Cannabis Legalization Initiative!

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