Maine State Housing Authority to revisit medical marijuana decision

October 27th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

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Maine State Housing Authority to revisit medical marijuana decision

Housing group voted to disallow pot use in property it is subsidizing

By Leslie Bridgers
Staff Writer

Don LaRouche believes he has a right to continue growing and smoking marijuana in the trailer he rents in Madison with the assistance of a Section 8 voucher.

Don LaRouche inside the “budding room” where medical marijuana is grown at his home in Madison on Monday. LaRouche is one of six public housing tenants who Maine State Housing Authority contacted this month to stay they have to stop growing/using medical marijuana in their homes or will lose housing assistance.

He hopes to convince one more MaineHousing commissioner of that today.

The board of commissioners voted 4-3 last month not to allow the use, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana in apartments subsidized through its Section 8 program. It agreed, however, to hear additional comments at its meeting this morning.

At the beginning of October, Maine State Housing Authority notified six tenants, including LaRouche, that they would have to comply the agency’s new policy within a month or lose their vouchers.

It was something that LaRouche had heard before.

LaRouche, who uses the drug to treat muscle spasms and symptoms of glaucoma and Crohn’s disease, received a letter last summer telling him to lose the marijuana or he’d lose his housing assistance.

The drug makes him more comfortable. “I don’t sit there and twitch, and I don’t feel

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