There are 23 states and the District of Columbia that currently have laws legalizing marijuana in one form or another and four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, my home state of Oregon is one of them beginning July 1, 2015. Landlords and Property Managers in Oregon will be needing to consider how they choose to handle rules and regulations & selling guidelines on their properties as it relates to legal and illegal activity. Landlords have been wondering if it can be prohibited in their rental properties and the answer is yes absolutely just like smoking cigarettes. Marijuana smoke causes just as much damage in the way of odors trapped into the carpets and walls as well as staining of the walls. There are definitely some things to consider:
1. Until July 1, 2015 recreational use, growing, and possession is still illegal.
2. After July it is legal only for people over the age of 21.
3. Partaking in marijuana must be done inside a private residence and it is still not legal to use it in a public location. This means that if your tenants are following the law they will be smoking inside the rental which could be a breach of the lease.
4. Limits will be set on how much marijuana is legal to possess. If you do an inspection and there is a lot of marijuana you could be having illegal activity going on in your rental property.
5. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has until Jan. 1, 2016 to draft & implement the new rules in regards to processing, selling, and production of marijuana. For now, the law states that an adult can give another adult up to one ounce. There’s always a lot to consider being a landlord or property manager and now there are even more.
I often have issues with tenants smoking cigarettes and marijuana (illegally) in my rental properties and the problem is going to increase with the passing of this new law. The issues with a potential increase in criminal behavior is particularly a concern multi-unit housing where shared space is present. Have any of you faced this issue? How have you dealt with it?