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5:35 pm
Sun October 31, 2010

Medical Marijuana Patient Rejected For Federal Program

Las Vegas, NM – A cancer patient in Las Vegas, N.M., has been told that his use of medical marijuana has made him ineligible to receive a federal housing subsidy.

Seventy-year-old Robert Jones was told in an Oct. 12 letter from a local housing administrator that marijuana remains illegal at a federal level even though medical pot is legal in New Mexico.

Jones is appealing the decision to terminate him effective Nov. 30 from a voucher program that pays a portion of rent for low-income people.

Jones has a license to grow marijuana in his home.

A local housing official was told by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development official that the federal agency doesn't differentiate between medical marijuana use and any other use of the drug.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.