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Marijuana Is Legal In Colorado, But Landlords Are Banning It

Pot use became legal in the state on Jan. 1


While marijuana is legal in Colorado, it may not be welcome in every residence.

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Marijuana smokers who own their own homes won’t face a problem.  But those who rent could find themselves on the wrong side of their landlords, even though marijuana is legal in Colorado, NBCNews notes.

An attorney for the Apartment Association of Colorado says that now that marijuana is legal in Colorado, his group is fielding inquiries from landlords about their rights regarding marijuana smokers. Whether or not a landlord can forbid a renter from smoking pot now that marijuana is legal in Colorado depends on the language in the lease.

Though marijuana is legal in Colorado, landlords are permitted to ban it from their rented premises, if they include such language in the lease. Just because an activity is legal, landlords do not have to tolerate it in their rental properties.

The local NBC TV affiliate in Denver said that some apartment residents had contacted the station over complaints about other residents’ use of pot now that marijuana is legal in Colorado.

Renters in Colorado are advised to consult their landlords to see what is permitted in their rental units.

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