IRVINE, CA—The deep divide between the federal government and a growing number of states when it comes to the matter of marijuana legalization has placed those involved with the housing industry in a very vulnerable position. The issue has become increasingly complex, as little guidance has been handed down on how to comply with contradictory obligations regarding tenant rights and other housing-related matters in an increasing number of states where marijuana has been legalized.

Over the course of nearly two decades, state after state has legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. In 21 states and the District of Columbia, medical marijuana is legal. And four other states have passed legislation paving the way for certain medical patients to legally use cannabis extracts.

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