NYC Public Advocate Calls On Nycha To Stop Use Of Marijuana Offenses As Grounds For Eviction

April 20th, 2022

Press Release

"In 2019 we passed a resolution calling on NYCHA to add marijuana possession to its list of ‘overlooked offenses’ and stop using low level offenses as grounds for eviction. Three years later, even as the state has finally legalized marijuana, NYCHA’s antiquated and illogical prohibition is still in place.

"This ban is inherently inequitable – people in whiter, wealthier communities are able to openly use recreational marijuana at home, while NYCHA residents – often lower income New Yorkers of more color – could lose their homes for doing the same. While the city, state, and federal government fail to adequately support and protect NYCHA tenants from mold, pests, and other hazards, their focus should be on enforcing basic building codes, rather than harmful, outdated policies."

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