We own a rental home. A friend of ours, with a pot card, would like to rent our house and grow several plants (or the whole house). I'm cool with it, as long as the Feds can't come in one day and take our home from us. What are the legal ramifications as a landlord?
I’m glad you asked. It seems like such a simple idea. Use a room in your house to grow cannabis, make a little money to cover the mortgage, and have a little head stash of your own. What can go wrong?
All kinds of things can go wrong. How good are you at keeping a secret? How good is your friend? What measures will you use to minimize odor? How well do you know your neighbors? Are they cool? Nosy? Cannabis users? Meth addicts? Does your friend have any experience setting up a grow room? Anyone have any crazy current or ex boyfriends? Are you sinking your savings into this project? Will you be financially devastated if the first crop goes wrong? I could go on and on. Growing marijuana seems easy, and it is, if you just have a few plants in your garden. But grow room, even a small one, is more like a part time job than a serious hobby.
I asked cannabis attorney James Anthony (He specializes in Cannabis collective law) about the odds of a small grow house being raided by the Feds and he said, “What am I, a bookie? 972-1, but the Feds aren’t your problem. I would ask: where is your heart? Why are you growing? And I would say: don’t piss off your neighbors.” I think he’s right. The odds of the Feds trying to seize your house if you have less than one hundred plants are pretty small. But unless you or your friend has extensive experience, the odds of shit going wrong in some way are pretty high. So think it all the way through before you commit to anything.