September 22, 2019
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Maine high court upholds eviction of man who grew medical marijuana

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Marijuana plants grow indoors in Portland, Dec. 13, 2017.

Maine’s supreme court has upheld the eviction of a man who claims his landlord was required to accommodate his use of medical marijuana in a federally subsidized apartment.

The Supreme Judicial Court agreed Tuesday that a judge properly found that there were sufficient grounds for evicting Olanian Jackson from Fairfield Family Apartments in Fairfield.

The apartments are federally funded and subject to regulation by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Federal rules ban marijuana from housing units.

The court sidestepped the conflict between state and federal law by noting that there was cause for eviction above and beyond the fact he was growing marijuana. That included intimidating behavior, denying access to his apartment and illegally installing a lock.


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