MMJ Patient Could Lose Federal Housing Assistance
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MMJ Patient Could Lose Federal Housing Assistance
Posted by CN Staff on July 10, 2012 at 12:34:07 PT
By Nick Wing
Source: Huffington Post
Maine -- Don LaRouche of Portland, Maine, suffers from glaucoma and Crohn's disease. For the past five years, the 50-year-old has turned to medical marijuana to help treat the effects of his ailments, growing the plants in his residence as permitted by state law. But LaRouche has also relied on federal housing assistance to help pay rent on his trailer home, and the organization that issues his vouchers now says he must stop cultivating the plants or lose his aid.As Maine's WCSH6 reports, LaRouche's dilemma is the product of a discrepancy between state law -- which has legalized the use and cultivation of medical marijuana -- and federal law, which still lists the plant as an illegal Schedule I drug.
Officials in charge of overseeing the assistance program say that violation of federal law within a residence paid for by its vouchers is grounds for termination of aid, regardless of the practice's status under state law."The decision we're presented is whether to terminate or allow them to continue to receive that voucher," Denise Lord, director of the Maine State Housing Authority's Voucher Assistance Program, told WCSH6. "I think given Maine law and federal law we try to find the best possible solution for everyone."LaRouche told WCSH6 that he has grown the plants in his trailer because its the cheapest method of getting his medicine. He has until July 23rd to stop growing marijuana or lose his assistance and has reportedly already reached out to Gov. Paul LePage (R) and other members of the state's congressional delegation to explore other avenues.Similar confusion over the conflicting state and federal laws arose earlier this month when the Oregonian reported on a little-known provision of that state's law that allows some food stamp recipients to deduct medical marijuana costs from income when calculating their eligibility for the federal program. Maine reportedly contains a similar measure on these type of deductions.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Nick WingPublished: July 10, 2012Copyright: 2012, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on July 11, 2012 at 23:15:34 PT
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Excellent. Thank you, Afterburner.
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Comment #3 posted by Richard Zuckerman on July 11, 2012 at 19:56:15 PT:
U.S. Veteran's Affairs and med pot patients:
I've been told the United States Veterans' Administration has a policy which would not penalize bona fide medical "Marijuana" patients under State law. The V.A. is federal property. We should get a petition together to ask the other federal agencies to allow bona fide State medical "Marijuana" patients to have their Cannabis medicine in their own federal property dwelling!!! It would also appear to be a privacy issue, too. Back in or around 1973, one U.S. Senator, perhaps Mr. Jacob Javitz, perhaps Mr. Kastenmeier (phonetic last name), had introduced a Bill which would prohibit punishment of anybody possessing Marijuana in our own dwelling. 
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on July 11, 2012 at 08:49:45 PT
When are these state administrators going to stand up to the federal horsebleep. They are enablers. Without their acquiescence, the federalista would be hard pressed to enforce their increasingly unpopular and unscientific propaganda laws. / By Russ Belville.
6 Ways the Criminalization of Marijuana Defies All Reason and Logic.
Comparing marijuana use with child rape? Growing laws that turns patients into felons? These anti-pot absurdities completely defy logic.
July 6, 2012 | Here at The Russ Belville Show, we read reports on the War on (Certain American Citizens Using Non-Pharmaceutical, Non-Alcoholic, Tobacco-Free) Drugs every day. While all aspects of the Prohibition War are tragic and absurd, here are six ways that the criminalization of marijuana defies all reason and logic.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on July 11, 2012 at 07:04:37 PT
Look at how the ruling class vindictively goes after the poor people, pursuing them right into their little mobile homes. Disgraceful.These state bureaucrats aren't ever going to live in a traile park. They'll be retiring early and living on a nice pension & health care courtesy of us, the people they've been busting for the last 30 years.
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