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Can I be evicted for using medical marijuana in my apt. in Los Angeles if I'm not bothering anyone and am legal.

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I live in Los Angeles, have my own apt., and smoke medical marijuana which I have a doctor's recommendation for. I am not bothering anyone, and in fact nobody, including the apt. manager even knows that I smoke. If they somehow found out, and didn't like it, would they have legal grounds for eviction? When I moved in I signed a paper that says I won't use or sell any illegal drugs. I don't consider what I'm doing to be illegal since I have the recommendation, but what if the manager doesn't see it that way? What are my rights under these circumstances? Would I be able to sue if I was evicted?

Attorney Answers 1


That's a tricky question. You are right that you are doing nothing wrong and should not be bothered. However, your lease agreement states that you can be evicted for using illegal drugs, and under federal law, marijuana is still illegal. My opinion is that you should be ok. You are not violating state law and recent case law has been interpreted to mean that local law enforcement is required to enforce state law and not federal law. I would argue that it applies to local landlords and local courts as well, but the law is still a little cloudy in this area.

I hope that helps. If you have any other questions, feel free to give me a call

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