Medical Marijuana Users Can Get Booted From Public Housing at Any Time

Medical marijuana users enjoy protection from criminal prosecution under California law — but that’s about it.

A medical cannabis patient can be fired solely for using the preferred drug, and any medical marijuana user living in public housing can be evicted at any time.

And yes, this applies even in San Francisco. Although how likely it is that a joint will lead to homelessness depends on where exactly you live, or how much the local housing honcho hates you, activists and tenants say. To understand exactly how this works, you have to understand that the San Francisco Housing Authority — the nation’s 17th largest provider of public housing, with 6,500 public housing units and another 9,557 Section 8 vouchers — hires private companies to manage as well as build some of its units.

Last week, tenants at Hunters View — a newly rebuilt development in Hunters Point — were outraged over a long list of “paternalistic” rules imposed by The John Stewart Company, as reported by the Examiner. The rules included regulations on bathing to combat a bedbug infestation, and also “strictly prohibited” the use or possession of marijuana, “even medical marijuana.”

– Read the entire article at San Francisco Weekly.