Senator Files Housing Bill That Would Prevent Evictions For State-Legal Marijuana Extraction

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has again filed a bill to promote affordable housing in the U.S. that includes a provision preventing landlords from evicting people over manufacturing marijuana extracts if they have a license to do so. The language is identical to a section included in a version of the legislation the senator introduced last Congress that did not advance. Under the measure, filed late last month, there’s a list of “just causes for eviction” such as failure to pay rent or causing significant damage to a property. The “manufacture of a cannabinoid extract” is another cause for eviction, “unless the tenant holds a license to manufacture the cannabinoid extract under Federal, State, or Tribal law.” It should be noted, however, that the bill lacks any specific protections for other state-legal cannabis activities, including simple possession. Just above the manufacturing provision is language stating that “the unlawful manufacture, delivery, or possession of a controlled substance” is grounds for eviction, though it contains no caveat exempting state-legal activity as cause for eviction. Despite the growing number of states moving to allow cannabis for medical or recreational use, it remains “unlawful” under the federal Controlled Substances Act. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,100 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — While advocates would likely applaud the inclusion of state-legal protection language, it’s also the case that eviction proceedings are handled at the state level, and so some courts would presumably defer to state law when it comes to cannabis-related eviction cases. Also, when it…

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