Law Would Allow Evictions for Smoking at Home

Law Would Allow Evictions for Smoking at Home
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A proposed law would let landlords evict you for smoking medical marijuana inside your own home.

The legislation by Assemblyman Jim Wood, a Democrat from Sonoma County, would apply optional no-smoking rules originally intended for tobacco products to cannabis.

"Landlords have the authority to prohibit tenants from smoking tobacco in the home; the same rationale applies for cannabis," Wood said. "AB 2300 would clarify that this authority applies to smoking cannabis as well."

The lawmaker said the bill passed the powerful Assembly Judiciary Committee this week.

In cases where landlords prohibit smoking, his office said, tenants could still maintain their medical marijuana rights by using edibles or oil-based capsules.

Wood cited research by UC San Francisco that suggests secondhand cannabis smoke is just as bad for your cardiovascular system as that from cigarettes.

"Tobacco and marijuana smoke share thousands of chemicals that result from burning dried plant material, and many of these chemicals are harmful," said Matthew Springer, professor of medicine at UC San Francisco's Division of Cardiology. "The adverse cardiovascular effects of secondhand marijuana smoke have only recently begun to be studied, and we are seeing that just a few minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke from tobacco and marijuana have the same negative effect on the ability of arteries to carry enough blood, with marijuana causing a longer-lasting effect than tobacco."

Pro–medical marijuana groups, otherwise neutral on the bill, reportedly want Wood to add an exemption for those who use vaporizers to consume cannabis.

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The argument is that vaping is not the same as burning and smoking pot. It's not clear if the legislator will go for the idea.

"This is about protecting families that live in close proximity to others," Wood said. "Secondhand smoke can be a real problem, especially for families who live in apartments or other multifamily residences."

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