Vt. Housing Authority Struggles With Conflict Of Medical Marijuana, Federal Housing Rules

Its really going to be a difficult policy no matter which way we go. At the April 21 meeting of the BHA, the housing authority commissioners discussed the policy. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent a letter to all of the housing authorities in the state saying that new admissions will be prohibited from entering into the federally subsidized housing program if they are using any controlled substance, including medical marijuana. In that same letter HUD stated that it will be up to the public housing authorities to establish their own occupancy standards for existing residents, and so the BHA commissioners are trying to come up with a standard policy. At the April 21 meeting BHA Commissioner Tom Finnell said he thought it would be wrong for the housing authority to force a tenant out of an apartment, or to prevent him or her from using the medicinal marijuana. As far as new applicants go, it seems our hands are tied, but we can allow tenants to use it if they are registered users, said Finnell.
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