Augusta - Mainers who receive the section 8 housing subsidy, and are also legally participating in Maine's medical marijuana program, will have to stop one or the other soon.
This after the Maine State Housing Authority board voted 4-3 to ban medical marijuana from Section 8 housing.
Folks in Section 8 housing will no longer be able to grow or smoke marijuana in their apartments or they risk losing their housing assistance entirely. "We took a very firm stand," said Bruce Poliquin, who serves as the Maine State Treasurer and a member of the Maine Housing Authority's board of directors. "There will be no growing of marijuana in these apartments. No cultivating of the substance. And we restricted the smoking of the substance in those apartments."
MSHA's statement does not limit the prohibition to only smoking or cultivating. The prohibition is "using, possessing or cultivating marijuana." Which even rules out tincture, edibles or possessing that which they may use OFF PROPERTY even. http://www.mainehousing.org/news/news-details?PageCMD=NewsByID&NewsID=528
HUD response: http://www.scribd.com/doc/109080833/HUD-Response-110202
UPDATE! 10/12/2012 MSHA meeting .
Hello all, Some good news -
Medical marijuana patients in Section 8 housing will not face eviction due to their patient-status this winter!
The Maine State Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted today in favor of a 6 month moratorium on implementing their plan that would have evicted patients who were growing, using, or in possession of their medical marijuana from all housing under MSHA jurisdiction. Many thanks to Rep Deb Sanderson, Alysia Melnick of the ACLU of Maine, Paul T. McCarrier of MMCM, and caregivers John Stewart and Amy Green for great testimony that helped change the minds of MSHA commissioners!
Many thanks as well to patient Don LaRouche for his courage in speaking out sharing his personal story of how this change would directly affect him. His presence at the meeting had a definite effect on the commissioners.
Between now and April it is very important that other patients who would be affected by the MSHA's proposed ban speak out and share their stories so we can make sure that at the end of the moratorium, the ban does not go into effect. If you would like to share your story, please be in touch. Your full name does not have to be used.
A big Thank you to Hillary Lister Chair, MMCM for this update.
Charles wynott, Piefer Patients Alliance