Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced a bill in Congress that would allow marijuana in public housing in states with legalized cannabis. Current regulations forbid all forms of cannabis, including medical marijuana, in all federally assisted housing. Norton’s bill, House Resolution 6152 (H.R. 6152) would apply to residents of both public housing and those in the Section 8 housing program.
Norton signed the bill at a ceremony in her Washington, D.C. office on Tuesday. Also at the ceremony was Sondra Battle, a resident of the District of Columbia and medical marijuana patient. Battle lives in assisted housing and uses medically prescribed cannabis to treat fibromyalgia. With Battle were Adam Eidinger and Nikolas Schiller, who together founded cannabis advocacy group DCMJ.
During the signing event, Norton announced that she would honor Battle in the title of the bill. In a press release, she also expressed gratitude to her guests for bringing the issue to her attention.
“I thank Sondra Battle and our DCMJ advocates for joining me to mark the introduction of what I am calling the ‘Sondra Battle Cannabis Fair Use Act,’” Norton said. “Residents like Sondra should not fear eviction from federally-assisted housing simply for using cannabis to treat