Here’s what’s legal INNEVADANow that recreational use is here
Where can people use pot?ONLY IN A PRIVATE HOME, INCLUDING YARDS AND PORCHES
WHERE IS IT PROHIBITED?
CASINOSBARSRESTAURANTSPARKSCONCERTSANY FEDERAL PROPERTY
State vs federal
REGARDLESS OF THE PURPOSE OF LEGALIZATION (MEDICAL OR RECREATIONAL) UNDER STATE LAW, THE USE OF MARIJUANA IN ANY FORM, IS ILLEGAL UNDER THECONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT (CSA)AND THEREFORE IS AN ILLEGAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE UNDER SECTION 577 OFTHE QUALITY HOUSING AND WORK RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 1998 (QHWRA)
Let’s take a closer look
THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT(CSA), 21 U.S.C. SECTION 801 ET. SEQ: IS THE FEDERAL DRUG POLICY UNDER WHICH THE MANUFACTURE, IMPORTATION, POSSESSION, USE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CERTAIN SUBSTANCES IS REGULATED.PURSUANT TO THE CSA,MARIJUANA IS A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.
THE QUALITY HOUSING AND WORK RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 1998 (QHWRA)42 U.S.C. SECTION 13662. AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE QHWRA REMOVED DISINCENTIVES FOR RESIDENTS TO WORK AND BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT AND PROVIDED RENTAL PROTECTION FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS. SECTION 577 OF QHWRA ALSO EXTENDED STANDARDS ON DENYING ADMISSION AND TERMINATING TENANCIES FOR ILLEGAL DRUG USE FROM PHA’S TOALL OWNERS AND OPERATORS OFOTHERFEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED PROJECTS
Additional guidance fromhud
On December 29, 2014 HUD released their Memorandum“Use of Marijuana in Multifamily Assisted Properties”In the memo they acknowledge that various states have legalized marijuana for “medicinal purposes” and that some states have broadened that to include recreational use.But they still cite the illegal use in any form under the Controlled Substance Act.
So in Summary
Owners must deny admission to assisted housing for any household with a member determined to be illegally using a controlled substanceOwners must may not establish lease provisions or policies that affirmatively permit occupancy by any member of a household who uses marijuana.Owners must establish policies which allow the termination of tenancy of anyhhmember who is illegally using marijuana or whose use interferes with the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents
Section 577 of QHWRA affords owners the discretion to evict or not evict current tenants for their use of marijuana.
What should we do?
1. Establish a policy2. Memorialize it in writing3. Uniformly enforce the policy
Policy must allow you to terminate tenancy, but you cannot have a written provision that allows you to preserve a tenancy in cases of medical marijuana use that seems harmless and is not disturbing others.