Legal Use


Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, where it's still classified as a controlled substance. This difference between Nevada and federal laws can lead to challenges in knowing how and where the different laws apply. Consult with legal advisers to be sure you fully understand how federal and state laws may affect you. Below is some general information about the possible federal implications of marijuana use.


    Student financial aid

    Your eligibility for federal financial aid could be suspended for marijuana charges. Federal financial aid includes Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, PLUS Loans, and Work-Study Programs. For more information, see Section 484 subsection R of the Higher Education Act of 1998



      If you live in federally subsidized housing, marijuana charges may jeopardize your federal housing benefit. For more information, contact the Nevada Housing Division.



        If you purchase a firearm and complete federal Form 4473, the form asks about unlawful marijuana use. Since marijuana is still illegal federally, marijuana users may be rejected from purchasing a firearm.


          Federal land

          Marijuana is still illegal on federal land, including national parks and military bases.


            Federally funded property

            Places that receive a significant amount of federal funding must adhere to the federal Drug-Free Workplaces Act of 1988.