Marijuana becoming legalized in some states has opened the doors to many new issues. Now Home Owner Associations have to come up with rules for the use of marijuana in their neighborhoods. Homeowners’ associations don’t have the power to ban anyone in their communities from using the drug in the comfort of their own homes, especially since it’s legal. But if the neighbors can see or smell weed anywhere near their homes, then the law is completely clear.
Homeowner associations do have the power to regulate the drug as a nuisance or a threat to all of the children who may also be able to smell the drug. Just because the drug has become legal does not mean that they can smoke whenever they want no if’s or but’s. The fact in the matter remains that smoking doesn’t just affect the person but everyone who surrounds themselves with him. You wouldn’t light up a cigarette in a restaurant, so you most certainly can’t light up a joint around someone else’s property. Many people in Colorado have claimed that as soon as spring and summer times come around, they are forced to file complaints because people are out in their patios with the windows down. There have been constant disputes between neighbors on a daily basis.
There are many people, who want to smoke pot, and there is nothing wrong about that, but there are also many people who don’t want to see it or smell it. There have been mixed feelings about the issue, and there is a 50% chance that your neighbor might disagree with you on the issue. This has become a serious cause for concern, because many people have been fighting about the issue, and it’s only getting worse. If the decision to legalize marijuana is present, then there also have to be rules and laws to go alongside of it. Laws need to be there that will help both parties, and stop the dispute between neighbors.