Nov. 10, 2021 – “Absent a change in federal law, HUD does not have the discretion to admit users of marijuana, including medical marijuana, to the Public Housing program,” the letter states.

Norton said in a press release that she’s “very disappointed in HUD’s decision to refuse to protect residents in federally assisted housings who use marijuana in compliance with their state and local laws.”

“Americans are continually evolving on the issue of marijuana use, with rapidly increasing in support,” the congresswoman said. “This response shows even more why Congress should enact my bill that would permit marijuana use in federally assisted housing in compliance with state law.”

“It is a travesty that the Biden administration would prioritize process over people.”

The department also referenced a 2014 memo that it issued on the subject that similarly defers to the statute. But advocates say it’s disappointing to see HUD continue to rely on seven-year-old guidance, as numerous states have moved to legalize cannabis for medical or adult use in the years since.


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