Renters may face eviction or other new consequences from smoking marijuana in their home under a new law working its way through Sacramento this spring.
Assembly Bill 2300 explicitly codifies a landlord’s existing right to prohibit pot smoking in the rentals they own, even if the tenant is a qualified medical marijuana patient. The bill has passed several hurdles in Sacramento and heads to the Senate Committee on Rules for assignment this May.
Some medical cannabis advocates oppose the law, which they say narrows the rights of patients to use the drug as they or their doctors see fit. But other advocates note California landlords already have the right to prohibit smoking in rentals, under existing clean air laws, and this law merely codifies it. Patients could also use vaporizers, edibles, tinctures, or other modes to cut down on the potentially skunky smell of cannabis flowers.
Cannabis smoke odor complaints regularly bedevil landlords who manage multi-unit apartments and condos. One in 20 California adults are thought to have used marijuana medically. About six percent of Americans are regular cannabis users. [Read more at the East Bay Express]