INSIDER's Pop Quiz!

Q: Since many states began passing laws allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, you must allow residents who have a prescription for medical marijuana to use it as a reasonable accommodation for a disability. True or false?

A: False. Because the federal Controlled Substances Act prohibits all forms of marijuana use, the use of “medical marijuana” is illegal under federal law even if it’s permitted under state law. In other words, state marijuana laws don’t change the fact that using marijuana continues to be an offense under federal law.

For more information about how to deal with medical marijuana use at your site, see “HUD Issues Memo on Use of Marijuana in Multifamily Properties,” available to subscribers here.