Landlords Warned: Leasing to Illegal Pot Shops Can Get You in Trouble

Landlords whose properties feature illicit marijuana businesses, beware. The state is eyeing you as part of a new crackdown.

On Thursday, the Bureau of Cannabis Control sent hundreds of letters to commercial property owners warning them of the civil and criminal risks they face for facilitating illegal commercial cannabis enterprises.

“This action is an important step in the state’s effort to combat the illegal cannabis market,” said BCC head Lori Ajax. “It is our hope that by detailing the penalties faced by landlords who rent their space to illegal operators, landlords will better understand the severe consequences that could come with knowingly facilitating illegal commercial cannabis activity and those currently breaking the law will have fewer options where they can conduct their businesses.” 

The letters cite California Health and Safety Code section 11366.5, subdivision (a), which makes it a crime to allow illegal cannabis activity on your property, and Business and Professions Code section 26031.5 which can impose fines of up to $30,000 per day.

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