Marijuana cash will bail out Maine’s struggling veterans houses

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Veterans’ Properties will get $2.6 million from a state marijuana fund to shut a funding hole between Medicare charges and the price of caring for Mainers who served within the army underneath a plan accredited by lawmakers on Wednesday.

However the one-time cash superior out of the price range committee is simply a patch for subsequent yr, which suggests the Legislature might want to talk about a long-term funding supply when it returns in January to maintain the group afloat, each advocates and officers stated.

The Senate must log off on the funding earlier than sending it to Gov. Janet Mills for ultimate approval. Lawmakers on the price range panel who had been making ultimate selections Wednesday evening on which payments to fund this yr accredited the one-time cash for Maine Veterans’ Properties by pulling the $2.6 million from a medical marijuana fund.