Maine Housing Puts Medical Marijuana Ban on Hold

Tenants in Section 8 housing who use or grow medical marijuana can continue to do so for another six months, Maine State Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday morning.

The commissioners unanimously voted to place a moratorium on a policy it enacted last month banning the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana in housing subsidized through its Section 8 program.

Although the board voted 4-3 in September to enact the policy, it decided to allow additional comments at its meeting Tuesday.

State Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea; Alysia Melnick, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, and three caregivers, who are licensed to grow medical marijuana for patients, addressed the board, said Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine State Housing Authority.

She said the board enacted a moratorium in order to work with Sanderson and the ACLU of Maine to ask the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for more clarity on the issue.

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