Don LaRouche is a medical marijuana patient in Portland, Maine. He uses the drug to help combat the side effects of glaucoma and Crohn’s disease. The 50 year old has been growing and using his own marijuana legally for the past 5 years.
To make rent on his trailer home, LaRouche takes part in a federal housing assistance program. He has now been told by the Maine State Housing Authority that he will lose his monthly aid if he does not stop cultivating marijuana in his home.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine since 1999. By law, patients can purchase marijuana from caregivers, or they may cultivate 6 plants of their own. According to LaRouche, growing marijuana at his trailer is the simplest and least expensive method for him to access his medicine.
The current discrepancy between state and federal law is putting LaRouche into a position where he could potentially lose his home. Officials in charge of the Maine State House Authority have explained that violating federal law in a residence that is paid for by vouchers from the federal government is grounds for termination of aid. So while LaRouche is in full compliance with state law, he could still lose his home due to federal regulations.
LaRouche has been given a deadline of July 23rd to stop growing medical marijuana in his trailer. He has reached out Maine’s Governor, Paul LePage, as well as other lawmakers to see if he can get assistance in keeping his home and his medical marijuana.