Medical marijuana user, 78, evicted from subsidized housing – Chicago Sun

December 8th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — A 78-year-old man who relies on medical marijuana for back pain finds himself homeless after being evicted from federally subsidized housing in a case complicated by conflicting state and federal marijuana rules.

John Flickner was staying at a Niagara Falls shelter Thursday, after an hourslong eviction ordeal Tuesday that ended with him steering his electric wheelchair in freezing temperatures to a center about a half mile away.

“Cold, wet, windy,” Flickner recalled of the trip, which was photographed by The Buffalo News.

“All I wanted to do was get out of the wind,” Flickner told The Associated Press on Thursday inside Community Missions, the facility he transferred to the next day.

Niagara Towers, where Flickner lived for two years, is subsidized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Although New York state has legalized medical marijuana, HUD says it gives landlords discretion on whether to evict residents for using it. Marijuana use remains illegal under federal law.

Flickner’s problems with his landlord started in June, when inspectors found marijuana in his apartment and called police. Responding officers declined to charge Flickner — who said he got the marijuana from a doctor in Canada — but advised him that he needed a prescription to possess it.

Flickner said he had no trouble quickly getting a doctor’s prescription and had it long before this week’s eviction.

“I didn’t know about getting the card. I just knew it was legal,” he said. “I wasn’t hiding anything.”

Still, the Tennessee company that owns the complex, LHP

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