Cannabis has been legal to use in Washington, DC since 2015, but some residents are finding out that the rules don't apply to them.
“The federal government is discriminating against people in public housing,” Adam Eidinger, the president of DC Marijuana Justice told ABC7 on Monday. “It’s their house. It’s the last place they should be telling them what they can and cannot have.”
While most DC citizens can legally grow and use cannabis in their homes, tenants of public housing are prevented from doing so. Since marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, and these homes are federally funded, federal laws are applied to residents regardless of local laws in DC or other jurisdictions that allow recreational marijuana use.
Even people with medical needs are barred from having the substance on hand, as a tenant who suffers from fibromyalgia attested. She says she could be evicted if cannabis was discovered in her apartment.
“Sick people shouldn’t have the additional burden of maybe being homeless because they need to medicate themselves,” she said.
Eidinger and DC Marijuana Justice held a protest on Monday where he gave out free cannabis and talked to passersby about the issue.