Brewer Housing Authority bans medical marijuana

July 26th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

BREWER, Maine — Those prescribed medical marijuana will not be allowed to treat themselves on any property owned or operated by Brewer Housing Authority — including Section 8 housing — the board decided Monday.

“No resident can use medical marijuana in our projects [and] if they do they will be evicted,” Executive Director Gordon Stitham said.

The ban covers both public housing units and privately owned properties that fall under the federally funded Section 8 housing program, he said.

“Any landlord or any tenant receiving public assistance under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program will not be able to use medical marijuana in their units,” Stitham said.

Maine voters first approved the use of medical marijuana in 1999, and in November 2009 resoundingly supported expanding the law to include more medical conditions and the creation of nonprofit, government-sanctioned clinics and marijuana cultivation centers.

Registered patients who suffer from certain ailments, such as cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis, are allowed to possess up to 2½ ounces of the drug and to grow up to six plants.

“You can have it, but you’re not going to bring it into our projects,” Stitham said, adding that applications for housing from medical marijuana patients will automatically be rejected.

“We’re not going to be able to serve you because of the medical marijuana,” he said.

Housing authority commissioners first discussed the proposed rules in March and contacted the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to get an opinion.

HUD basically said federal laws trump state laws, but added

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  1. Total DISCRIMINATION …. a lot of people using section 8 or other such housing are there due to health issues and the inability to work full time because of their disabilities. I think this is a ridiculous decision, especially when so many states are following in allowing Med Mar legalization. The Fed Gvmnt is going to have to SECEDE in this matter, because they are OUT NUMBERED by  a population who agrees that medical marijuana is OK. But no, lets keep the meth heads and pill snorting junkies in housing instead. Because the other half of this is drug users are living in housing too, but NOT for lack of physical ability to work, instead for a convenient place to live w/ reduced rent so they can buy their CRACK.