Recreational marijuana in Massachusetts means discord in apartment buildings
Massachusetts voters approved recreational marijuana in 2016, and the narcotic has been available medicinally since 2012—twin realities that have sparked a real estate side effect, so to speak: Neighbors complaining about neighbors smoking the stuff; and condo and tenant associations trying to crack down internally on the use.
Some management companies have installed in-unit detectors in Boston-area apartment buildings that set off real-time alerts when they sense marijuana. And the Globe’s Beth Teitell reports that a Wrentham-based company is routinely providing the drug-sniffing services of a Belgian Malinois named Ben to root out pot-smoking neighbors.
“I get a call from someone who owns a three-family house and units two and three are complaining that unit number one is smoking dope or something,” the company’s owner told Teitell.
What’re you seeing—or smelling—in your own building?