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My apartment smells like weed what can I do?

My apartment always smells like weed, it is coming from the vents, I have covered the vents multiple times with different things, I have called to managers multiple times they have done nothing, they just tell me to cover the vents, I have a young child at home and I am pregnant, it is causing health concerns what can I do?
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February 11 2011 - Las Vegas
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Do you know which apartment it is coming from? If so, do you think talking to the other renter and letting them know their weed smell is escaping their apartment and that it is bothering you? If you don't feel comfortable approaching them, I wonder if the police can do anything to find the culprit? Wow, I'm sorry you're going through this. I hope it gets resolved soon.
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February 11 2011
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The neighbors that I continue to confront about this deny it, I went up there to ask them to turn their music down one night and they opened the door and smoke came out. Its horrible, the smell makes me sick its bad for my kids. I have no clue what I can do or what I should do.
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February 11 2011
Hello Mikendash,

I know there are some who will read my response and say I am full of crap or just old fashioned, but I am OK with that.  The truth is the truth, and in spite of what some call "Medicinal benefits" of Pot, it is proven that Marijuana kills brain cells.  It is proven that Marijuana lowers ambition, and it is proven that Marijuana is addictive.  You not only have a right to live in a Pot free environment, you have good reason not to want yourself or your children to be exposed to the stuff.  You should be proud of the fact that you are concerned for your kids. 

There are 2 other points to be made both dealing with the legal aspects and how it relates to you.  First, as a tenant, the law gives you "the right to quiet enjoyment" of the property, which doesn't just refer to noise, but also your ability to live in the apartment without any encroachment on your comfort from the outside.  For instance, if the water was shut off, under the "Quiet enjoyment" rule, your Landlord would have a legal obligation to fix the problem.  The air you breath is no different, whether it is Mold spores, or Pot smoke, your rights are being encroached on. If your Landlord will not fix the problem, you have essentially been "constructively evicted" and have the right by law to break the lease without penalty.  If the Landlord refuses to let you out, you have added rights for punitive damages.

Secondly, regardless of how you feel about the stuff, it is illegal, and if you call the Police, they will take care of the problem for you.  Your health and the health of your children is at stake here, so doing the right thing in this case means getting rid of the offender.  I know that to the liberal minded, that makes me a fascist, but that is just ignorant.  Stick to your gut, and do the right thing.  You may end of helping the offender turn for the better as well.

Best of luck, and thanks for reading.
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February 11 2011

You can't just cover the vents.  And if it's filling your apartment it's settling on the surfaces too.  I pretty much just totally agree with everything Steve Matthews said. 

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February 11 2011
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Steve got it right. Next time you smell it call the police. Ask them to come without uniforms. They can knock on the door asking about the noise and the smell will do the rest. To be sure call the police first and ask how they will handle this.
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February 11 2011
It's simple......Call the cops!!!
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February 11 2011
If it continues to bother you, after you've personally asked them, you can either try to contact the police when you smell it, (and keep a record of the report), and if that doesn't help, tell your landlord that you would like a different apartment; if they're not ok with it, take them to court and request a cancel of lease, and move into a safer unit somewhere else. Also, I suggest going at night time to check out the general area of the unit before you sign a new lease, to see how the neighbors act in the evenings.
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If marijuana use is illegal in your area, I would call the police.   In fact, call up their non-emergency number and ask them for some advice.   Use your non-emotional voice and describe the issue, describe the frequency, describe that your landlord won't do anything and that you are bothered by the smoke.

Marijuana is no more damaging to the body than alcohol (and probably less according to the medical literature) despite the balderwhacky posted elsewhere in this thread, but at least with alcohol you chose to open your mouth to partake rather than having second hand smoke creeping through the ventilation system.

Is your building a smoke free building?   If not, when your lease expires make sure you move to a smoke free building.   (Of course, that is assuming you are not a smoker.)
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February 11 2011
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There are environmental laws in force here. There is legal precedent involved. This really goes back centuries. There was an old doctrine that basically said you can do whatever you want with your land unless it becomes a nuisance to your neighbor.

Look at these similar issue articles below.
Smoke gets up landlord's nose in court

Tobacco, Secondhand Smoke and the Law

Second-Hand Smoke at the Ansonia Prompts Lawsuit

Family sues cigar-smoking neighbor over secondhand smoke

Perhaps seeing a lawyer as well as the police would be a good idea for you.
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February 11 2011
You can purchase an ozone blaster for about $400.  It is an air purifier.  We have loaned it to a few of our sellers who have odors such as dog or smoke odors and it really did a great job of getting rid of the smell.  It is well worth the investment.
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February 11 2011
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Call police, call lawyer.  you are endangering your children and yourself as their mother by allowing it in your house.  Take action. It's not ok.  if you smell it you are breathing it.  Don't be one of those stories on Oprah where the person was a victim of someone else's selfishness.  and don't go out and buy some purifier.  while that might work, you shouldn't have to buy such a thing because of someone else, or if you do....get your money back for it when you bring in the lawyer.
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February 11 2011
Ozone, sprays, purifiers, etc. are not a solution to the problem.  If you know it is pot, call the police.  If your manager won't help, the endangerment to your health might give you an out on your lease to get another apartment with a safer environment.
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February 11 2011
and if it turns out to be pot smoked with a medical use card? what are the police going to do for you then?

I have some asthma, so I don't tolerate ANY smoke well. Pipe, cigarettes, pot, I wouldn't care which of the three it was, I wouldn't want to breathe it.

However, it is fair to say this thread is full of utter BS from people to lazy to research anything... such as all of the reefer madness claims... 
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Roberto, marijuana is illegal federally. If the locals will do nothing call the FBI and report a civil rights  and drug violation.
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It is my opinion that one needs to be prepared to move out, and the sooner the better.

Having known many people that have had to deal with neighbors that had regular illegal drug issues, the "most effective" way of dealing with it is a "safe streets now" action (multiple party small-claims law-suits against the landlord for disturbing ones well being... nuisances..., documenting not just the police reports, but mostly how one "feels".)  It takes much time, and a lot of work, and a huge emotional stress.  And if you can't get at least 3 people to participate, the action is often not effective.

Yes, it is "illegal activity"; but that doesn't mean the police will be of much help.  There is this issue about "probable cause" and a "search warrant'.  (One might check the 4th of the U.S. Constitution again).  Not to mention, available police resources.  And as the local police here have often told me; they have to see the substance, not just smell it.  And hear-say or second hand information will not do.  And you already know from all those movies; if the police are coming in, the "evidence" is being flushed down the toilet.  Besides, possession of less than 1/2 ounce is not considered a "crime" in many areas.  And what if you identified the burning smell incorrectly and it is some kind of incense or other?

(And don't forget, that the current president, and many of the others that were presidential candidates have admitted to intentionally breaking this Federal Law).
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February 12 2011
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4th of the U.S. Constitution --> 4th *amendment* of the U.S. Constitution
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February 12 2011
Call the police. Maybe after they get arrested one or twice they will move.
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February 12 2011
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Call the FBI !!!!!!!

ROTFLMAO
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February 12 2011
Call the police. You have tried approaching the landlord with no avail. People need to be respectful of others in shared spaces, regardless of their pot policy.
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February 12 2011
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"Call the police?"  -

I thought the standard line of Realtors® was "location, location, location"?

If all one needs to do to resolve any neighborhood issue is "call the police", then why would there be any neighborhood issues anywhere?  And then wouldn't all locations essentially be the same?

And if it was so easy to enforce laws in private locations, then why were the sodomy laws only recently declared unconstitutional as there was no way to enforce what goes on in the privacy of one's own residence without violating both the 4th and 5th amendments of the U.S. constitution?

Obviously, the agents have no experience.  Read the 4th and 5th amendments again!

Besides, if the smoke is coming though the heating and ventilation system, it implies one central system for multiple units, and implies the smoke was going through the return air ducts back to the unit, and then being blown from there into different units; in which case, it is just as likely to be coming from the outside air intake.  (Perhaps on the roof?)

This is a landlord issue and tenant contract issue, not a police issue nor FBI issue!

And if a tenant doesn't like it, the tenant likely needs to move.  The landlord can only kick the other tenant out if there is just cause and a direct violation of the contract.
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February 12 2011
I hate to mention that "privacy" is one of the benefits of home ownership.  This includes having the ability, most times, to avoid the noxious smells associated with the neighbors in an apartment complex.

There are frequently affordable homes in most price ranges and your best source for home information is a qualified Realtor who's also an ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative).  If you'd like me to refer you to one in the Las Vegas area, please call or email.  I'd be more than happy to help.
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February 12 2011
Bill, are you serious?

You take this question and try to get a referral out of it?!

That's as obnoxious as the weed smell that this woman is subjected to.
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February 12 2011
With real estate prices low and interest rates low...if you can afford to you may want to consider taking the leap towards home ownership...you won't have those concerns then
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February 13 2011
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lol
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February 13 2011
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With linda's ability to read and reason so low you might consider not listening to her.
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February 13 2011
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Dan is totally right. You should definitely go to the FBI. They will definitely help. With his ability to reason and his obvious grasp on appropriating federal funds I'm surpassed he hasn't become the CFO of the world yet. Are you serious??? You can't solve this problem yourself? They are stoners. Probably are more afraid of you knowing they smoke pot than you seem to be of the health effects. Ask them again. They are probably scrambling trying to find a way they can't keep enjoying their pot comfortably and have no idea it's still seeping into the building. Just ask them politely, don't try and scorn them, you'll do yourself no favors. If you have to move because of this you've failed all social dynamic. If you do call the FBI, post back on here and let me know how it goes.. LMFAO
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December 10 2011
PLEASE do NOT start a confrontation with the other renter! This could put you and your unborn child's life at risk.

There are a few things you can do:

1. If you live in a large apartment community request to be transferred to another unit far away from this problematic neighbor.

2. Contact your local City Housing Authority. You can file a complaint with them, they always protect your renter rights and worse case scenario can help you file small claims cases to help you get out of the lease.

I use to work in property management in Berkeley, CA and actually ran into this problem. Its extremely difficult to deal with because of the medical license now being issued and the laws in CA prevent almost any type of authority (police, management, etc.) from asking someone about their personal medical condition. I was shocked to learn there was actually little the management company can do even if the property is a non smoking facility. :( You MUST contact the housing authority because they almost always take you (the renters) side. Hope this helps, if you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.
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December 12 2011
Have your ducts professionally cleaned.
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December 13 2011
tenants with inconsiderate neighbors may want to see if buying vs renting  is a better option while re prices and mtg rates at historic lows
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December 13 2011

I would move....

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