There is potential criminal liability for entering into a contract for an illegal purpose and civil liability for a landlord or tenant if a marijuana-related activity on the premises interferes with the quiet enjoyment of neighboring tenants or constitutes a public or private nuisance under statutory or common law, even if the activity otherwise complies with state marijuana laws.

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California Eases Asset Forfeiture Risks for Cannabis Businesses

by Tiffanu Wu

Although the future of federal forfeiture actions is uncertain, last month the California legislature reformed state asset forfeiture laws by passing SB 443, which will reduce the risk of property seizure against cannabis business owners, investors, and landlords by state and local law enforcement, starting January 1, 2017. It is worth noting that the legislature did not limit the protection to medical cannabis businesses, so presumably it will apply equally to recreational cannabis businesses i

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