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Activists are gifting marijuana outside the Department of Housing and Urban Development


Updated October 31, 2017 11:57 AM EDT

Some people trick or treat on Halloween. Others aspire to win the annual office costume contest. And still others spend their time gifting marijuana outside the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in protest of what they say is an unfair marijuana usage policy within government housing.

Recreational marijuana may be legal in eight states - and medical marijuana may be legal in another 20 - but HUD has a strict no-marijuana policy in all of its housing facilities. This means that even in a state which has completely legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, individuals can be denied or removed from HUD housing for possession and usage of marijuana and marijuana products. A memo put out by HUD in December 2014 stated: "regardless of the purpose for which legalized under state law, the use of marijuana in any form is illegal under the CSA [Controlled Substances Act]."

And that's why a group of activists are going to be gifting pot outside the federal HUD building in Washington, D.C. - where marijuana is recreationally legal to smoke on private property - today. According to the facebook event announcing the protest, titled "Haunted by HUD: A Cannabis Gifting Demonstration," at least fifty people will be attending the protest, in hopes of shedding "some light on one of the scariest issues facing cannabis consumers around the United States."

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that activists were planning to smoke marijuana outside HUD. Once at the event, the reporter could not verify that any cannabis products were smoked or injested during the event, and the headline has been changed.

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