What happens when marijuana is legal and HOA rules are hazy?

April 20, 2015
More than 20 U.S. states allow certain people to grow, sell, possess or use marijuana to varying degrees and for various purposes, although federal law still classifies weed as an illegal drug.
     Given that contradiction, what rules apply to people who live in condominiums or communities governed by a homeowners association?
     The answer isn't, shall we say, cut and dried.
     Consider Colorado, which attorney Suzanne Leff says is "kind of at the frontier on these issues." Leff is a partner at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, a Littleton, Colorado, law firm that represents homeowners associations.
     Even within this marijuana-friendly state, "each association has to decide on the approach to take based on what the documents allow, what's feasible and what the community's needs are," Leff says. Even then, she adds, "there are a variety of approaches taken.