BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The Maine State Housing Authority has now set a bold new standard for its clients who use medical marijuana. In one month medical marijuana patients who get Section 8 housing assistance will not be allowed to use, grow or posses the drug in their homes.
The decision came from the organizations board of directors. There was a time when new medical marijuana patients were the only ones who could not qualify for Section 8 housing assistance. Directors of the Maine State Housing Authority say that's because the program is federally funded and federal law does not allow the use of medical marijuana.
Now officials with the Maine State Housing Authority have decided that current patients already enrolled in Section 8 will not be allowed to posses the drug either. They claim growing marijuana could pose a safety risk to properties and result in break-ins. They say patients can still use their medical marijuana but not while they are at home.
Officials with the Maine State Housing Authority say they have notified medical marijuana patients in Section 8 of this decision. Those patients will have 30 days to stop growing medical marijuana and using it in their homes or they will lose their housing assistance.