Medical Marijuana Patient at Risk of Losing Federal Housing

 by lucy

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.



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    BA said on Jul 10, 2012

    This is bullshit. I have Crohns disease and I don't know what I'd do without cannabis….let this man grow.

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    Bubba_gimp said on Jul 12, 2012

    The truth is that this happens in every medical marijuana state. Maybe this will set a precedent with LaRouche getting to keep his housing voucher, but I am not holding my breath! I am also a victim of this same situation just a different mmj state. I am now financially struggling to stay afloat, thank goodness for giving family and charity. In the end I had a choice my medicine or my housing voucher. I chose my medicine.

    There is some hope left though that depends on the mmj community nationwide vocalizing to our communities and leadership that we as patients have rights too when it comes to accessing safe medicine. Hopefully in a second Obama administration our president will recognize mmj from a federal perspective while still leaving it as a states rights issue as it should be while also changing the scheduling of cannabis from something other than a schedule one drug. One can only dream of that vision of a semi perfect world.

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