Press Release: Congresswoman Norton Introduces Bill to Permit Marijuana Use in Public Housing
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WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced her bill to permit the use of marijuana in states where it is legal—for medical or recreational purposes—in federally-assisted housing, including public housing and the Section 8 housing program. Norton held a signing ceremony for the bill with Sondra Battle, a District of Columbia resident who lives in Section 8 housing while suffering from fibromyalgia, a chronic disease that she treats by using medically-prescribed cannabis. Norton also thanked DCMJ co-founders Adam Eidinger and Nikolas Schiller for attending the signing ceremony. DCMJ brought to her the idea for the legislation and told Norton that residents like Sondra were the inspiration for the bill.
“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 their medical conditions. Our bill recognized today’s realities and proven needs. Individuals who live in states where medical and/or recreational marijuana is legal, but live in federally-assisted housing, should have the same access to treatment as their neighbors.”
Under current law, the users of drugs illegal under federal law, including medical and recreational marijuana, are prohibited from being admitted to federally-assisted housing. Federal law allows landlords to evict current residents based on drug use. Under Norton’s bill, a person may not be denied federally-assisted housing for the use of marijuana in jurisdictions where medical or recreational marijuana has been legalized. Under Norton’s bill, smoking marijuana would be treated the same as smoking tobacco in federally-assisted housing.
High Times: Inside Washington DC’s Pop-Up Marijuana Markets
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“Pretty much every single night of the week, there’s a cannabis popup going on,” Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of marijuana advocacy organization DCMJ, told High Times.
GW Hatchet: Marijuana-gifting parties shift from large events to intimate gatherings
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Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of the marijuana legalization advocacy group DCMJ, said even businesses and pop-ups who claim to be Initiative 71-compliant have a misunderstanding of the current law, as gifting is not a purely charitable exchange and some value in the deal has to account for the plant.
“Just because the government hasn’t cracked down on that doesn’t necessarily make it lawful,” he said. “So there’s a lot of businesses that are operating in a very gray area in regards to what they think is lawful.”
Associated Press: Washington D.C. has a marijuana loophole — you can’t sell it, but you can ‘gift’ it
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“We would have regular stores if we had the normal rights of a U.S. state,” said Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of DCMJ, a pro-legalization group that helped draft the initiative’s text.
Washington City Paper: Joint Custody – The Story of Marijuana Post-Legalization
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“We want people to be able to use cannabis responsibly anywhere you can smoke a cigarette,” says Schiller.
DCist: Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Pot Activist Who Handed Out Joints Near The Capitol On 4/20
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DCMJ co-founder Nikolas Schiller estimated that they had given away joints to around 100 people before police shut it down.
NPR: D.C. Marijuana Market: Stuck In A Gray Zone
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But for now, D.C. distributors continue operating in the gray areas of Initiative 71. Nikolas Schiller, one of the law’s authors, says the success of those distributors shows the economic opportunities that are possible if Congress lets D.C. establish a regulated marijuana market.
“It’s disappointing that Congress is continuing the prohibition by not letting us move forward,” he says. “They’re denying D.C. residents jobs, they’re denying the D.C. government millions of dollars in tax revenue, and they’re denying a lot of people the opportunity to get into the ground level of an industry that is poised to make billions of dollars for the country.”
CNN: DC pot activists arrested at 4/20 Capitol Hill protest
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Nikolas Schiller, the other DCMJ co-founder, told CNN the giveaway had to end early because the cops took all of the pot. He insisted the police were out of line.
“We believe that the US Capitol Police made politically motivated arrests,” Schiller said.
“We have no intentions of backing down,” Schiller said.
Fox News: 4/20 celebration leads to 7 arrests by US Capitol Police
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“We didn’t plan on getting arrested today — we brought 1,227 joints to represent the cannabis reform bill H.R. 1227 — and gave away a few hundred to congressional staffers before Capitol Police took it all away,” DCMJ Founder Nikolas Schiller told Fox News. “This was meant to be a free speech event and was meant to influence members of Congress.”
WTOP: On 4/20, DC pot advocates plan provocative protests
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“It would be a grave mistake to ignore the will of the American people,” said Nikolas Schiller, another co-founder of DCMJ.
“The number of cannabis reform bills before the 115th Congress is at an all time high, but the lack of Congressional action is no laughing matter … A federal solution is needed now.”