As you’ve probably heard, as of Jan. 1 it became completely kosher for adults over the age of 21 in Colorado to saunter into their local Ye Olde Recreational Marijuana Shoppe, make a purchase for personal consumption, and then return to the privacy of their own homes and (discreetly) get high. Simple as that.
According to Denver’s KUSA 9News, apartment landlords, management companies, and property owners, many of them under pressure from non-pot-smoking tenants, are forbidding the use of marijuana in their buildings even though the state legally permits it.
Vic Sulzer, an attorney representing the Apartment Association of Colorado, describes a “steady stream of phone calls” coming in from clients ever since Colorado's first wave of recreational pot stores officially opened for business less than two weeks ago (apparently, sales have been more than brisk). Ultimately, landlords do have the power to green light — or completely disallow — toking on the premises and if a rental agreement expressly forbids the activity, than this trumps Colorado law.
"A landlord's lease has a provision that prohibits whatever landlord wants to prohibit," explains Sulzer. Sulzer goes on to explain in a somewhat shaky analogy that under Colorado state law “it’s legal to bring your motorcycle into your house and change the oil in your living room but that doesn’t mean your landlord has to allow a tenant to do the same thing.”
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