Evicted Elderly Medical Marijuana Patient Dropped from Healthcare Program

Days after being evicted from his condo—after which invited to return—for his authorized possession and consumption of medical hashish oil, John Flickner says his healthcare supplier has out of the blue dropped him from his Medicaid/Medicare program. Without entry to docs and transportation to healthcare amenities, the 78-year-old man who was simply final week with no house is questioning what might probably befall him subsequent.

Senior Healthcare Provider Dropped 78-Year-Old Man Over His NY-Legal Medical Cannabis Use

Last week, High Times coated the story of John Flickner, an aged gentleman dwelling in a federally-assisted condo complicated in Niagara Falls, NY. During a June inspection of his condo, employees found botanical hashish Flickner used to deal with his worsening again ache from a 50-year-old skydiving damage. At the time, Flickner was not a licensed medical hashish affected person in New York. But after the invention of his unlicensed medicine, Flickner promptly obtained a doctor’s suggestion and his medical hashish allow.

However, Flickner’s standing as a authorized medical hashish affected person in New York didn’t save him from eviction. Backing his Niagara Towers landlord’s choice to kick him out of his residence, the agency that owns his HUD-subsidized constructing (and three others prefer it within the space) resorted to a 1998 Clinton-era regulation barring hashish customers from accessing federal housing help, to argue that Flickner violated the phrases of his lease.

Flickner took his case to courtroom, the place a decide finally upheld the eviction order. But after nationwide media consideration prompted outrage over Flickner’s predicament, LHP Capital Properties reversed course and invited Flickner again into his condo. It even induced a regional Trump-appointed HUD official to tweet concerning the want for a decision of conflicts between state and federal regulation on medical hashish. Flickner, who depends on a wheelchair, had spent the week dwelling in a close-by homeless shelter and staying with an aged pal in a motel room.

Attorney for Complete Senior Care Says Provider Had No Choice But to Drop John Flickner

Complete Senior Care is a Medicare and Medicaid service supplier for aged sufferers within the Niagara Falls space. And as is the case for a lot of federally-subsidized social packages, tips strictly prohibit any and all cannabis-related exercise. In the case of federal tips from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, healthcare suppliers can’t prescribe or permit entry to or work with sufferers who use medical hashish remedies. But New York has legalized medical hashish and even carried out a historic enlargement that qualifies hashish as an opioid various. Yet Complete Senior Care lawyer Jerry Solomon informed the AP that offering care to a medical hashish affected person like Flickner “would jeopardize being able to service all the other patients they have.”

What Solomon means is that violating federal tips might put Complete Senior Care’s federal funding in danger. And subsequently, the argument goes, hinder it from offering healthcare providers. The argument is identical one college directors make to justify banning medical hashish on campus. But there isn’t any proof displaying that federal regulation enforcement or different businesses are appearing on the letter of the regulation in states which have approved medical hashish use. No faculty or federally-assisted housing or healthcare supplier has misplaced federal funding over permitting these they serve to entry their medicine.

Fearing that risk, nevertheless, property corporations and healthcare suppliers are selecting to evict aged sufferers from their houses and drop them from their packages. John Flickner is one among possible hundreds of seniors throughout the nation dealing with such excessive penalties for legally acquiring physician-recommended medicine.


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