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Renting? Here’s What It Means for Recreational Cannabis Use According to Your Denver Dispensary

January 31, 2020

When it comes to living in the Denver area, you can either buy a house or find a rental and settle down. If you choose to rent, you’ll likely end up paying more than $1,000 a month for a place to call your own. With such a high price tag, you’d expect to be able to do whatever you want while you’re living there, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Landlords have all sorts of restrictions on the things you can and can’t do in your home. And smoking pot from local weed shops in Denver is definitely on the no-go list. So, what does renting mean for your recreational cannabis use?

Landlord Restrictions Are Legal
First and foremost, you need to understand that landlords are legally allowed to forbid the use of marijuana on their property. If you get caught using and the lease specifically states that it’s against the rules, they’re allowed to evict you. After all, you broke the terms of the lease and showed that you’re not a responsible tenant. 

Keep in mind that some landlords absolutely don’t care if you use marijuana on their property. They often advertise this fact in their listings, making it easy to weed out (pun intended) the rentals you’ll want to tour. However, just because it’s not specified in the lease doesn’t mean you’re free to light up a bowl without worry. 

The law is almost always on the side of the landlord. You’re really only supposed to smoke in your personally-owned property or in a home with the homeowner’s permission. This means you could get in trouble smoking in a rental without your landlord’s consent. 

Keep In Mind That It’s Almost Always About Smoking
Simply put, smoking can get really smelly really fast. The smoke soaks into fabric, carpet, wood, and can leave residual smells long after you move out. That’s why so many landlords don’t allow cigarettes inside their rentals. 

If you’re worried about lighting up because of the lingering smoke smell, consider trying a different way of getting high. Vape pens are more discrete and don’t tend to leave strange odors behind. But edibles are by far the safest option. They’re virtually odorless and won’t leave any “evidence” of their use behind once you’re done with them. 

For renters with overly picky landlords or those who just don’t want to deal with busting out the Febreze every day, edibles and tinctures are the best choice. You’ll be able to get high without worrying about what your landlord might think. 

That said, if your landlord has a thing against cannabis (and some do), you could still end up violating the terms of your lease by using any type of cannabis at home. Use your discretion and consider the possible impact getting high at home might have on your lease and your relationship with your landlord. 

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