Charlie Buttrey

November 24, 2019

Regular readers of this blog probably know that I am conflicted about the legalization of marijuana. I think decriminalization is a no-brainer, but I am not sure how best to go about legalizing it.

Here’s one thing I suggest you DON’T do, which is exactly what the Vermont legislature did: legalize pot, but then provide literally no way to obtain it legally.

And here’s another stupid thing: Residents of Chicago Public Housing could face eviction for marijuana use, even though possession of an ounce or less of marijuana will be legal in Illinois on January 1, 2020.

Since pot remains illegal under federal law, this is true in every state, even if the person has lawfully obtained medical marijuana (also illegal federally). This does strike me as discriminatory, since the law only applies to people in federally-subsidized housing (meaning almost exclusively the economically disadvantaged).

Last April, D.C.’s (non-voting) delegate to the U.S. House, Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced legislation that would permit marijuana use in public housing where pot is legal, writing that “Individuals living in federally funded housing should not fear eviction simply for treating their medical conditions or for seeking a substance legal in their state.”

Think that bill will pass the Senate and get signed into law?

Don’t hold your breath.


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