Marijuana Policy

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AURORA, CO POLICY
REGARDING MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

On August 8, 2013, the Board of Commissioners adopted a policy statement regarding the medical and recreational use of marijuana in federally assisted housing programs.

The policy is as follows:

Medical and Recreational Marijuana – Colorado Law

Although Cannabis for medical use in Colorado became legal on June 1, 2001 and recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21 became legal on May 21, 2013[1] marijuana use and possession continue to be illegal under Federal law.

Aurora Housing Authority Marijuana Policy Statement

New Admissions Policy

The Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) will adhere strictly to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development federal law with regard to new admissions to Public Housing, any other federally subsidized program, i.e. multi-family, or Section 8 New Construction, and/or the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program. As such, each applicant is hereby informed that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug and that the possession of marijuana or any other Schedule I drug, whether in possession of a current medical marijuana registration or not, will not be admitted under any circumstances to participate in any of the subsidized programs offered through the AHA.

Current Residents Policy

The Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) will adhere strictly to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development federal law with regard to all use of marijuana or any other substance listed as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). As such, any existing participant known to possess such drugs or found to possess such drugs through discovery, arrest, informal hearing, registration, licensing, litigation or other verifiable means, will be terminated from Public Housing, any other federally subsidized program, i.e. multifamily, or Section 8 New Construction, and/or the HCV Section 8 program and given the same notice and rights as for any other cause for termination under the program. AHA makes no distinction between medical marijuana and any other form of marijuana or Schedule I substance with respect to this policy. In instances where conflict may later arise in differences between federal and state laws governing the use of medical marijuana, AHA will comply with the more restrictive.

AHA does not permit its participants to cultivate or use marijuana of any kind in AHA’s federally subsidized properties including those receiving Housing Assistance Payments through the Housing Choice Voucher (“Section 8”) Program.

Participant acknowledges that Federal law does not allow for the use of medical or recreational marijuana regardless of state laws.  Participant acknowledges that the cultivation or use of marijuana of any kind in a federally subsidized property may render Participant ineligible for federally subsidized housing assistance.

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Participants of the programs with Aurora Housing Authority acknowledge that a violation of this Agreement may result in the Participants being terminated from the federally subsidized program as determined by AHA in its sole and absolute discretion.

 

[1] Amendment 64 makes it legal for adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of the drug, allow adults to grow up to six plants and buy marijuana in retail stores.  The acts removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana.