Marijuana is still an illegal controlled substance on District of Columbia Housing Authority properties. The use, sale, and growth of the drug is against the law.

As of February 26, 2015, marijuana use, possession, and growth was partially legalized in the District of Columbia. However, public housing in the District of Columbia is funded with federal funds. Therefore, DCHA is required to follow the federal drug laws to keep its housing subsidies, despite the District of Columbia’s change in the law because federal law controls over District law.

We want to make it clear that the possession or use of marijuana in your unit or on DCHA property is prohibited. The use of marijuana in your unit or on DCHA property is a violation of your lease and could result in eviction. Under federal law, the use and possession of marijuana is still a crime. Article 18 of your lease with DCHA prohibits residents from engaging in drug-related criminal activity. In addition, you may be subject to criminal prosecution for violation of federal law. 

Rules regarding the new laws and HCVP clients are currently under discussion.

If you have other questions about marijuana prohibitions and enforcement of the drug law applicable to your residency, please consult with your property manager.

Letter from the Office of the General Counsel (spanish translation).






Last modified: 3/2/2015 6:58:40 PM