Monday, January 14, 2013

Washington Apartment Moves to Ban All Pot, Wants Tenants to Narc on Each Other

A Seattle apartment landlord wants to make all pot — smokable and non-smokable, medical and recreational — cause for eviction. But that's not all, it also wants its tenants to narc on each other.

Iraq war vet Alex Aversano, who uses a liquid form of pot for pain and PTSD, found a note on his door informing him of the request. The note also asked him to sign an amendment to his lease and when Aversano complained, the management company admitted they cannot make anyone sign an amendment in the middle of their lease.

Though medical marijuana and and recreational marijuana are legal under Washington law, the largest association of landlords in the state is of the opinion that it can be banned under federal law.

Medical marijuana advocate and criminal attorney Doug Hiatt told the Yakima Herald that a prohibition by landlords would be difficult, if not impossible, to enforce.

"What would they do," Hiatt said, "search everybody’s chocolate chip cookies? It’s 'Reefer Madness' all over."

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