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HOA Homefront: Reader asks is Mary Jane OK in Unit 420?

Q: I live in California where it is legal to grow six cannabis plants. What can our HOA do about this?   Read the Q&A…………….

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Condo boards will face uphill battle in banning marijuana plants

So you’re thumb isn’t exactly green, but with laws around cannabis changing, you’ve been giving some thought to growing some plants (when it’s legal, of course).  The government has indicated homeowners will be allowed to grow up to four plants

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Condo Corps Need to Deal with Marijuana Use Before it Becomes a Problem

When marijuana becomes legal next summer, landlords, tenants and condominium owners can expect an increase in disputes related to both indoor and outdoor smoking.  Effective July 2018, anyone 19 and over will be able to smoke marijuana in their units

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Why this young family has been living with pot smoke in their condo for the last 5 years

A Toronto man says he’s tired of waking up to the smell of weed coming in from his neighbour’s unit and wants his condo corporation to do more to resolve the issue.  For almost five years, he says, smoke has

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Killer Weed in the Common Area? (CA)

Community Associations increasingly face issues with medical marijuana. It is a confusing area because federal and state laws conflict and social mores are in constant flux—especially when it comes to marijuana. Long gone are the days when the high school

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The State of Smoking: LegalMarijuana vs. Smoking Policies

While the exhortation to “smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” has never really gone out of style, one should take caution before lighting up just anywhere. Many places, from restaurants to airplanes to hospitals, expressly and strictly forbid anyone from

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Marijuana grow operation may have caused Woodhaven fire (MI)

An investigation is underway after a fire at an apartment complex in Woodhaven.  Crews were called out to Kirkway Village Condos off of Allen Road this morning.  It appears the fire only caused exterior damage to two of the condo

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Ask the Mayor: What Can I Do About Medical Marijuana Smokers at Condo? (HI)

Q: I am the general manager at a condominium and some people with medical marijuana licenses are smoking outside the building all of the time, and now it’s encouraging those without marijuana licenses to light up as well.  There hasn’t

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Marijuana in Condominiums- My take on the issue (ON)

Marijuana will soon be legal (for persons over a certain age). Growing marijuana at home, for one’s own consumption and limited to a certain number of plants, will also be legal. What does this mean for condominiums?  In terms of

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One Toke Over the Line – Smoking, Medical Marijuana and Fair Housing Laws

Medical marijuana can now be legally prescribed in Florida, and the legislature continues to struggle with regulation of dispensaries in the State. Meanwhile, prescriptions can be filled in other States, for edible medical marijuana as well as the processed plant

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Are You Ready for MaryJane

As community associations grapple with approving and enforcing rules and regulations, there is a new issue to consider. The use of cannabis in states where it is legal for medical or recreational use must be addressed. I am not qualified

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Is your Condo Ready for the Legalization of Marijuana?

Last week, the government of Canada introduced legislation to legalize and regulate the possession, production and use of marijuana in Canada. What does that mean for your condo corporation? It may be time to update your rules.   Read the article………….

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Condo boards brace for medical marijuana smoke complaints (HI)

Right now there are some 13,000 medical marijuana patients registered in the state and that number is only expected to grow as the state’s first dispensaries open later this year.  Many of those patients live in condominiums and apartment complexes.

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Marijuana Statute (MA) Raises Questions about Condo Insurance Coverage and Employment Rules

Proponents of the new state law permitting recreational use of marijuana, and the voters who approved it, viewed the measure as a long overdue move to put marijuana in the same category as alcoholic beverages ? no more or less

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Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment’s Impact on Community Associations

With the approval of Amendment 2 last November to legalize the use of medical marijuana in Florida, the state legislature and Department of Health are now developing the rules and regulations that will govern the use of cannabis by those

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HOAs and Marijuana

The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) put out a deep dive on marijuana laws and use in America. NCSL stated, “Marijuana has lit up conversations and controversy across the country. It’s a hotly contested and complicated issue for states

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The Impact of Legalization of Medical Marijuana on Your Florida Community Association

This past November, Amendment 2 legalizing the use of medical marijuana was approved by Florida voters. The rules governing medical marijuana have not yet been passed by the State Legislature and the Department of Health; however, it is likely to

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What Impact Will Medical Marijuana Amendment to Florida’s Constitution Have on Community Associations?

Many states have placed the legalization of medical marijuana on their ballots in recent years and Florida is no different. A measure legalizing medical marijuana failed in Florida in 2014, gaining only fifty-eight (58%) percent of the vote. However, this

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Marijuana Condominium

The legalization of marijuana in some jurisdictions has led to the creation of many business opportunities in the marijuana industry. In an effort to capitalize on this growth, Grow Condos, a “publicly-listed real estate company dedicated exclusively to the Cannabis

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Kass: If state law allows marijuana use, can condo board prohibit it?

Q:  Can smoking of tobacco and cannabis be prohibited in units? This is becoming complicated with cannabis being legalized in some states and the District of Columbia, decriminalized in others and gaining medical status.  I have attended meetings for condo

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Pot condos? Oregon developer sees big market in marijuana

A southern Oregon real estate company looking to capitalize on the marijuana boom is planning to build a multimillion-dollar growing and processing facility in Eugene that could house more than 30 different pot ventures.  The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Grow

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Recreational Marijuana Hits MA: Why Evey Condo Needs to Amend Their Documents to Prohibit Smoking, Growing & Selling

On December 15, 2016 the recreational use of marijuana became legal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, after voters on election day approved Ballot Question 4 The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act. Personally, I do not think that everyone knew

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The Florida Medical Marijuana Law and Your Community Association – What You Need to Prepare For

On November 8, 2016, Florida voters passed Amendment 2, which will become effective January 2017. The Amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for persons with debilitating medical conditions, including HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions,

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Is a co-owner entitled to a reasonable accommodation to use medical marijuana under the Federal Fair Housing Act?

On November 8, 2016, Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas joined 25 other states and the District of Columbia in approving the use of medical marijuana. Now that medical marijuana is legal in more than half of the states in the

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Residents complain about cultivation enforcement (CA)

president of the homeowners association, said Tuesday 11 growers purchased property and began operating within the residential district

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Medical Marijuana – The Next Issue

In August of this year, the federal government passed the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

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Neighbor’s marijuana odor may be grounds for lawsuit

Q: Over the past four years we have suffered because of an unpleasant odor seeping into our condo. This goes on almost daily, on and off between 5 and 11 p.m., and starts earlier on the weekends. People familiar with

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Mount Shasta Forest residents protest large pot grows (CA)

Those in favor of the measures, including some residents in the Mount Shasta Forest Property Owners Association just outside of McCloud, believe the ordinances are needed to stop the proliferation of illegal commercial grows.

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Law a little gray on HOA ability to ban marijuana (CO)

Twice in recent weeks, I’ve been asked informally whether an owners association can regulate the possession, use and/or cultivation of marijuana.

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Case wades into excessive water use in condos (ON)

The lesson from the Truman and YRCC 771 decisions is that the courts are willing to be flexible to ensure an equitable result.

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Anti-marijuana efforts surge in Fairbanks borough

Efforts are underway to stop marijuana businesses from opening in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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Medical marijuana exempt from “no smoking” law?

The new bill, sponsored by the California Apartment Association, would make it clear: medical marijuana smoking can be banned wherever smoking is prohibited

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More Colorado Homeowners Associations consider pot rules

Colorado’s HOA Information and Resource Center says they’ve had more HOAs asking how they can address pot rules within their community.

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High times at condo association

Tobacco, medical pot raises regulatory concerns

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Hoarding & Marijuana…. What’s an Association To Do?

While seemingly dissimilar in nature, hoarding and marijuana have similar impacts on community associations.

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Stoner tenant is smoking out Central Park West condo: lawsuit

The suit says there’s so much pot smoke coming from the studio apartment that the odor “infiltrates other areas of the condominium building, causing — among other things — a nuisance to other occupants.”

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Was police dog sniff outside Connecticut condo door legal?

State prosecutors are appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court, saying there should be no expectation of privacy in a common hallway used by other condo residents.

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HOA Files Lawsuit Against Grow House Owner, Renter (CO)

The HOA has been trying for a couple of years to get rid of the marijuana grow house located in the Antlers at Sageport

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Washington (DC) condo builder reaps sales with grow closets for pot

The space was too small to install a useful storage or clothing closet but it was a perfect size for a small grow closet.

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Marijuana in Communities

Now that using marijuana is legal in Oregon and Washington, some associations are wondering if they can or should specifically ban marijuana usage too

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Marijuana and HOAs – What Can HOAs Do?

Odors from marijuana have now come to the forefront. Not just from smoking, but from cultivation

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Fire breaks out in condo of marijuana operation (CA)

A condominium and garage in Anaheim where a non-injury fire broke out contained a marijuana growing and hash oil extraction operation

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New condo owner’s cannabis smoking disturbs tenants

Q: I own and rent a condo in a nice neighborhood. The condo below mine has been sold to a young lady who heavily smokes medicinal cannabis with her boyfriend. She has a card that proves she has the right

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Reefer madness: Dealing with marijuana-smoking neighbours

Q: I live in an apartment-style condominium complex where there are at least three units that house frequent marijuana smokers. The smell is strong. I have called the police about it, and they suggested I call the property manager. The

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DC Condo Asks Tenants to Snitch on Neighbors If They’re Smoking Pot

A DC condo in Chevy Chase is telling its tenants that they can’t smoke pot in their homes and that they need to tell them if their neighbors are smoking weed, according to a report by Washingtonian magazine.   Read the

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Seeking condo restrictions on marijuana users isn’t blowing smoke

In your recent Q&A about smelling marijuana smoke in a development where he lives, the writer says, “… it still stinks up the whole block.” That is utter nonsense. Dogs can smell “green” marijuana plants from hundreds of feet away;

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Marijuana in Community Associations

For some condominium and homeowner associations, marijuana (smoking and growing) is becoming a concern. There are a handful of tools the board of directors may consider to handle these issues.    Read the articles……………….

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Could legal marijuana use in condos go up in smoke?

Q. Usually the questions directed to you are about legal problems such as smoking laws and homeowners associations, and the association usually wins.  But what will be the outcome on legal marijuana? Pot stinks just a badly as cigarettes. If

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How should condos regulate legal pot use?

Usually the questions directed to you are about legal problems such as smoking laws and homeowners associations, and the association usually wins.  But what will be the outcome on legal marijuana? Pot stinks just a badly as cigarettes. If it’s

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Marijuana Use in Your Community: What to Prepare For

More and more states are approving legal recreational use of marijuana. However, that doesn’t mean every neighborhood wants it around. If it’s already legal in your state, or if it becomes legal in your state, there are some steps you

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