How Do I Maneuver through the Issues that Marijuana May Bring?

Marijuana use, both recreational and medical, is a trending topic due to ever-changing laws and regulations at the state and local levels. Marijuana use poses a problem for federally assisted housing landlords who have the duty to comply with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA), requiring them to deny housing to those that currently use a controlled substance. Under federal law, the use of medical marijuana remains a crime and under the current administration, it is likely to remain that way. With rapidly changing laws across the country, this issue continues to come up for landlords. If a resident submits a reasonable accommodation request to use marijuana in a location where it is permitted, what is the best practice for landlords to address those requests? In addition, landlords have difficulty addressing resident complaints about the odor emanating from the use of marijuana on the premises and the impacts on resident morale and prospects touring the communities.

Participants in this webinar replay will:

  • Identify the Landlord/Tenant Duties when living in an apartment community.
  • Interpret the Fair Housing Law and how it applies to each resident.
  • Proactively address marijuana issues and practice tips to avoid these issues.

Speakers: Kristen M. Cavin, Esq., Attorney at Law, Giffen & Kaminski, LLC & Jennifer Marchand, Multifamily Programs Compliance, Technical Advisor

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Kristen M. Cavin, Esq

Attorney at Law, Giffen & Kaminski, LLC

Kristen M. Cavin, Esq. is an Attorney at Law with Giffen & Kaminski, LLC. Kristen practices employment litigation, landlord/tenant law, Fair Housing defense and affordable housing compliance, which consists of HUD-assisted housing, tax-exempt bonds and low-income tax credit.

Jennifer Marchand

OHCS Multifamily Programs Compliance Technical Advisor

Jennifer C. Marchand is the OHCS Multifamily Compliance Technical Advisor. She joined OHCS as a Compliance Officer in 2003. Jennifer serves on the Oregon AHMA board as a liaison for OHCS and has conducted numerous trainings and panels on a national level for the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA).


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Recorded 03/21/2019
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