There are landlords in Massachusettsthat are quite resolute when it comes to keeping medical cannabis dispensaries and pot smoking tenants out of their properties and communities. Brian Lucier, the president of the Northern Worcester County Landlord Association, has declared to fight cannabis use “to hell and back” and considers the legalization of medical marijuana to be a “nightmare”. His proclamations coming just weeks after residents from the state voted to legalize medical cannabis.
Property owners are basing their grounds for opposing the new laws on the possibility of increased crime in their apartment buildings due to cannabis cultivation and the threat of federal raids and property seizure. Lucier had this to say on the topic: “If the local word gets out on the street that there’s pot in there (in the apartments) it absolutely becomes a target, attracting crime, vandalism, cancellation of insurance, and again, federal seizure of the property,” said Lucier “This is not a good idea.”Lucier has even gone as far as to make the threat of a smoking ban in order to contest cannabis usage on his properties. Here is what he had to say in reference to his tenants who may use cannabis: “I’m going to say, Great, take the pill, you can’t smoke here.” There are communities that are taking zoning changes into consideration in order to keep out medical cannabis dispensaries, such as Wakefield, Melrose, Malden, Saugus, and Reading.
I have mentioned it several times before and I will iterate just for clarification, we will always face an opposition when pressing forward with the cannabis movement. It’s inevitable. We can’t allow the divergent forces to bring us down. Just use that negative energy to keep up the good fight and continue educating yourselves and others on the science of dank.
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