Under federal regulations, Section 8 housing residents risk losing their homes if they use cannabis. But residents who are also medical marijuana patients have started to stand up and demand their rights.

Now, their efforts have led to legislation on Capitol Hill. Last week, after long campaigns by a handful of courageous Section 8 residents, legislators introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would permit the use of cannabis for such residents in parts of the country where it is already legal for either medical or recreational purposes.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia —who will not be able to actually vote for her own legislation.

(The representative for Washington, D.C. can introduce bills but not vote.) Washington, D.C.’s CBS affiliate WUSA reports that Norton named the bill the “Sondra Battle Cannabis Fair Use Act” after Sondra Battle, a D.C.

resident who lives in Section 8 housing and is prescribed cannabis to treat her fibromyalgia. Battle actually co-signed the bill with Norton in a show of her support. Read more from cannabisnow.com…

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