Maine State Housing Authority Board of Commissioners: stop evictions of Medical Marijuana Patients
  • Petitioned Peter Anastos

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Chairman, Maine State Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
Peter Anastos

Maine State Housing Authority Board of Commissioners: stop evictions of Medical Marijuana Patients

    1. charles wynott
    2. Petition by

      charles wynott

      Portland, ME

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October 2012

Victory

After the Maine State Housing Authority board voted to ban medical marijuana from Section 8 housing, medical marijuana patients would no longer be able to grow or smoke marijuana in their apartments and risked losing their housing assistance entirely. With the help of 86 supporters, Charles Wynott won a 6-month moratorium on evictions while long-term changes are being considered.

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.

Read more:

Maine Housing to Hold Off On Enforcing Housing Ban - BDN 

Maine Housing Puts Medical Marijuana Ban on Hold - KJ 

Maine Housing Delays Implementation of Medical Pot Ban - MPBN 

A big Thank you to Hillary Lister Chair, MMCM for this update.

Charles wynott,  Piefer Patients Alliance

 

 

To:
Peter Anastos, Chairman, Maine State Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
stop evictions of Medical Marijuana Patients

Maine Low-Income Medical Marijuana Patients face eviction of their homes.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      charles wynott
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      NOTICE OF MEETING A regular meeting of the Commissioners of the Maine State Housing Authority ("MaineHousing') will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at MaineHousing"s offices at 353 Water Street, Augusta, Maine 04330. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting room is accessible to persons with physical disabilities and, upon sufficient notice, appropriate communication auxiliary aids and services will be provided for persons with disabilities. Upon sufficient notice, written materials provided in connection with the meeting will also be made available in alternative formats, such as large print or audio cassette. Copies of the agenda are available at MaineHousing"s office at 353 Water Street, Augusta, Maine during normal working hours. Telephone number (207) 626-4600 (voice) or 1-800-452-4603

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    • robert dorr SWANSBORO, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe the end is in sight for Medical Marijuana prohibition. But, only if we make our voices heard. I have signed this petition and I hope you will take a moment to read and sign mine for the state of North Carolina. We have to make noise to the politicians. They are only concerned to be re-elected, lets let them know we are watching!

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    • Craig Anthony MILO, ME
      • over 1 year ago

      Ignorance is no excuse.

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    • Pamela Thiboutot BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a social worker who has clients who use medical marijuana and live in sub.housing. There is also a housing shortage. If these people were evicted I do not know where they would live.

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    • brett ellis GARDNER, KS
      • over 1 year ago

      STOP THE WAR ON PEOPLE

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    • jane sanford BELFAST, ME
      • over 1 year ago

      Freedom!

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