According to courthousenews.com, a Murietta, California man filed suit against his self-storage facility, citing breach of contract and negligence because his unit had been broken into and cleaned out. But it wasn’t his grandmother’s antique chaise or a VHS of his daughter’s first steps that were stolen. It was 35 marijuana plants. And he’s demanding restitution to the tune of $1,000 per plant.
The man was in legal possession of the plants, at least under California’s medical marijuana law, but the facility is still shocked by the discovery and refusing to provide the tenant with their insurance information or any form of remuneration (at least according to the tenant).
This particular case, which was filed last month, raises some interesting concerns for self-storage facilities that will need to be considered at local California facilities in anticipation of Tuesday’s vote on Proposition 19 which could legalize marijuana in this state. If Prop 19 passes, adults over the age of 21 will be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana as well as grow plants for their own personal use, provided the space is less than or equivalent to 5’x5′.
Should the proposition pass, the question becomes – should self-storage facilities allow marijuana growers to grow or store pot in their unit? It would technically be legal (though the federal repercussions of the proposition remain to be see) but wouldn’t it just be easier to say no upfront and not deal with the potential hassle?
At the same time, if you’ve got empty units, why not rent them out to law abiding, if suspiciously hungry, tenants?
- Pelosi: Mexican Officials Lobbying Against Pot Legalization (huffingtonpost.com)
- Proposition 19 campaign gets $1 million donation from George Soros (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Marijuana legalisation: California to vote on Proposition 19 initiative (guardian.co.uk)