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Medical marijuana (by JJ [CO]) Jul 24, 2009 8:01 PM
       Medical marijuana (by MrRational [MD]) Jul 24, 2009 8:06 PM
       Medical marijuana (by SAM [OR]) Jul 24, 2009 8:12 PM
       Medical marijuana (by SAM [OR]) Jul 24, 2009 8:14 PM
       Medical marijuana (by RR [WA]) Jul 24, 2009 8:17 PM
       Medical marijuana (by Mac [NC]) Jul 24, 2009 8:32 PM
       Medical marijuana (by Reid [KS]) Jul 24, 2009 9:01 PM
       Medical marijuana (by Kathi [OH]) Jul 24, 2009 9:23 PM
       Medical marijuana (by JJ [CO]) Jul 24, 2009 9:53 PM
       Medical marijuana (by Virden [OH]) Jul 25, 2009 5:05 AM
       Medical marijuana (by John [NJ]) Jul 25, 2009 8:02 AM
       Medical marijuana (by meangoose [MN]) Jul 25, 2009 3:10 PM
       Medical marijuana (by Sparky [PA]) Jul 25, 2009 5:28 PM
       Medical marijuana (by Steve [FL]) Jul 25, 2009 5:59 PM
       Medical marijuana (by gevans [SC]) Jul 27, 2009 4:56 AM
       Medical marijuana (by Linda [CA]) Nov 22, 2009 8:28 PM

Medical marijuana (by JJ [CO]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 8:01 PM

State Specific Question About: COLORADO (CO)

We have some prospective tenants who have disclosed that they have a license to grow medical marijuana. They want to use the basement of our rental house for this purpose.

I'm concerned about liability - if I recall, this is legal at a state level but still illegal at the federal level. Also, we ultimately want to sell this house in a few years and I'm concerned about what this might do to the property value.

Any advice/suggestions?

Medical marijuana (by MrRational [MD]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 8:06 PM

This Q came up last week. In that instance the plan was to grow outside in the garden and I said sure go for it if it isn't going to damage the land and all that...

But when you talk about doing it INSIDE, well that is a horse of a different color.

I wouldn't be worried about the sale value. I'd be worried about some overzealous sheriff or prosecutor getting a bug up their butt and a no knock warrant to investigate and damaging the property physically.

Medical marijuana (by SAM [OR]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 8:12 PM

They'll have alot of "buddys" over to visit...

Medical marijuana (by SAM [OR]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 8:14 PM

The humidity/water/heat (greenhouse)in the basement will damage your house...basements aren't normally built for "gardening" operations

Medical marijuana (by RR [WA]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 8:17 PM


but you may want to find another reason to decline, these may be people who like to fight for their "rights". Geez, maybe they should buy a house of their own.

Medical marijuana (by Mac [NC]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 8:32 PM

You got a clause in your lease agreement about running a business in your rental property? You renting business property or residence property?

You got insurance to cover any liability from a business running in the basement of your rental house? Say a heat lamp catches the place on fire. It's is a business and you have residential insurance. Guess who isn't gonna be able to file a claim?

Medical marijuana (by Reid [KS]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 9:01 PM

Have you checked to see if your state actually allows growing medical pot ? And since the Feds still have a burr under their saddle regarding pot Some DEA guys might Trash your place in a raid .

Medical marijuana (by Kathi [OH]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 9:23 PM

In additional to the legal issues (the Feds could own your house) there are practical issues. The grow lights and heaters could overloak your curcuits, causing a fire.

A number of years ago I discovered that one of my residents had a "farming operation" in the bedroom. We happened to have gone to the common rear entrance to get a few tools out of a storage closet in the basement of a 4 unit. We noticed an acrid odor. It smelled like a burning bakalite handle such as one would find on the handle of a pot or pan such as Revere Ware. We left and came back about an hour later. The smell was worse. We knocked on all of the doors and smelled at all the doors. We declared an emergency and went home to get our unit keys (this was befor we learned about Earnie's LL Locks). The entire bedroom was full of tall MJ plants. We pulled the breaker and removed the extention cords, etc. Our largely +100 year old wiring was in danger of setting the building on fire. We told him that either he and his plants had to go or we would be offering our friends the building for training for their drug sniffing dogs.

This guy now has a great job with the UN. He is the son of a prominent merchant and a generally nice guy who came home to cair for a mutual friend and one of my neighbors when he was dying of brain cancer.

Go figure.

Medical marijuana (by JJ [CO]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2009 9:53 PM

Thanks for the input. Yes, it's a residential rental. And yes, Colorado legalized medical marijuana fairly recently.

Medical marijuana (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Jul 25, 2009 5:05 AM

This is such a silly topic, I guess I would want copies of all the approval information, which I would make copies of because I will have to turn this over to a city inspector to approve - where is this safe?

Medical marijuana (by John [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 25, 2009 8:02 AM

JJ, the applicant said they have a "license" to grow pot and you said your state legalized medical use. These are tow seperate issues and I may be wrong, but I don't believe it. Let them show you a license then I'll show you how my computer software can create a license too.

For the heck of it, I'd take the time and investigate if the applicant is telling the truth or blowing smoke cause it may come up again. Best to be prepared.

If you want these pot smoking losers to disappear tell the applicant your better half is a police detective and ALL information will be verified very closely. These losers may disappear faster lightning.


New Jersey

Medical marijuana (by meangoose [MN]) Posted on: Jul 25, 2009 3:10 PM

I wouldn't allow a farming operation even if it was for turnips. I sure as heck wouldn't allow a pot farm.

Ways out: 1)My lease indicates no businesses on the property. 2)Property is zoned residential, not farm. 3)Illegal per federal law. 4)Would likely require some sort of inspections that you're not willing to accept.

Medical marijuana (by Sparky [PA]) Posted on: Jul 25, 2009 5:28 PM

Be sure to include a provision for percentage rents. LOL

Medical marijuana (by Steve [FL]) Posted on: Jul 25, 2009 5:59 PM

Apart from the Fed concern is anytime one tries to perform an outside duty inside there will be consequences. No way would I allow farming in my house. ....but anyway...what exactly has to be wrong with to qualify for medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2009 4:56 AM

No way would I allow farming inside a house. The humidity and electric usage would almost certainly cause damage.

End of story.

If they have a legal right to grow the stuff, why would they want to do it in the basement, as opposed to a greenhouse in the backyard? --141.129.x.xx

Medical marijuana (by Linda [CA]) Posted on: Nov 22, 2009 8:28 PM

Indoor marijuana grows are rampant in our area, and have caused houses to burn down, water damage, disruption to neighborhood, home invasions/violence - you name it. I would not "allow" any tenants EVER to grow on my property, and I recommend you don't either. Just because it's legal for them to grow, doesn't mean you have to let them do it on your property. State clearly in your lease - NO marijuana growing anywhere on property. If you allow it you will most likely be very sorry.

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