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Here’s what you missed this week:
Can HOAs ban pot use in homes?
Homeowners associations in Colorado are contacting lawyers in an effort to ban the usage, growth and distribution of marijuana following the legalization of the drug in the state. Legally, HOAs can’t take action until owners become a nuisance to neighbors, said Jerry Orten, an HOA legal analyst. A two-thirds vote by homeowners within an HOA could ban the use and growth of marijuana in a community, but such actions may be difficult to enforce, Orten said. Jeff Gard, a marijuana-law expert, said he believes the larger issue of a widespread ban will be decided in court. The Denver Post/The Cannabist blog(1/14)
Boutique condo buildings attract wealthy buyers
U.S. cities including Miami and New York are experiencing a boom in small condo buildings with a handful of residences and high price tags. Wealthy residents and investors are willing to pay top dollar for privacy, including higher association fees that aren’t spread among many members, Candace Jackson writes. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)(1/16)
HOA wants neighboring gun range to pack its bags
A homeowners association in Wood County, W.Va., is battling a neighboring gun range in court after more than two years of residents filing complaints about errant bullets. The Wildwood Homeowners Association says the gun range is a safety hazard, with many spent bullets being found close to people and propane tanks. A cease-and-desist order against the gun range by the county expired last week, but the range owner said he has taken safety precautions to prevent bullets from going astray. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.)(1/18)