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Oct 18, 2010

Medical Marijuana Gets Man Kicked Out of Public Housing

Steve Vanderschelden was evicted from public housing after a photo of him holding his medical marijuana card was published in a local newspaper.  Apparently, Steve did not realize that public housing is subject to federal law, which stipulates that marijuana is illegal.  This is another gray area where medical marijuana card holders run into a catch 22 situation.

In an interview with Ashley Korslien, journalist for KRTV.COM, Great Falls Housing Authority Executive Director Kevin Hager is quoted as saying, "We have the legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that states that it's still illegal, it's in direct conflict of federal law. Not only the use of, but if you have the intent to use, you are still denied subsidy or assistance."

Those with medical marijuana cards that live in public housing should be aware that the use of marijuana is still contrary to federal law.

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