Bill targeting illegal marijuana growing could leave unsuspecting landlords in lurch

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An Assembly bill intended to curb illegal marijuana cultivation could have unintended consequences for landlords whose tenants secretly set up growing operations in their units.

Under AB 2164 by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, individuals accused of violating local cannabis laws – including tenants and their unsuspecting landlords — could face fines and other penalties without first getting a chance to appeal and remedy the problem.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley

The legislation is intended to deal with marijuana growers who …

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  • I contacted Assemblyman’s Cooley’s office and voiced that the staff and the assemblyman work with CAA on this bill. It’s unfair to bring landlords into it. Even with yearly inspections, tenants can hide lots of illegal activities if they so choose to do so.