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Dear Stoner: What Happens to Colorado Pot If Trump Is Elected?

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Dear Stoner: Where can I find house rentals to cultivate marijuana with a landlord who will approve?
Jeannette

Dear Jeannette: It’d take some serious balls to ask if you can cultivate pot in the property owner’s basement right before signing the lease — and those big balls would probably get your rental application ripped to pieces. Pot-friendly real-estate websites like potprop.com, weedrentals.com and 420mls.com all have listings of uninhibited homes for sale or rent, and some even list industrial warehouses and greenhouses for grows. As cool as the content is on these sites, though, you’re probably best cutting out the middleman if you just want to rent an average home. My quick search using the term “marijuana” on Craigslist’s Apartments/Housing Rentals section found a shitload of listings that explicitly said “No marijuana growing,” but it also brought up a healthy number that advertised the landlord’s acceptance of cultivation — but many of those landlords were charging quite a bit more per month than the rates for similar, more picky properties.

Dear Stoner: It’s beginning to look more and more like Donald Trump is going to be our next president. What happens to Colorado pot if he is elected?
Annoyed Sibling

Dear Annoyed: Trump doesn’t seem to think stoners are as dangerous as Muslims, but he’s got his eye on us. Still, when it comes to legal marijuana, his opinions move around more than his hair on a windy day. According to a Florida newspaper, in 1990 his stance was quite liberal; he told a luncheon audience that the U.S. should legalize recreational drugs and use the money collected to educate the public on their dangers. Nearly 25 years later, however, Trump said he opposed recreational marijuana despite agreeing with its medical effects: “I say it’s bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it’s bad, and I feel strongly about it.” As his presidential campaign has continued to gain steam, though, Trump’s stance has softened: Last fall in Nevada (which has recreational legalization on the 2016 ballot), he said that legalization should be left up to the states. He echoed similar opinions on a Fox News appearance with Bill O’Reilly last month.

We’re still not out of the woods, though: At the Nevada rally, he also said, “And I love Colorado, and the people are great, but there’s a question as to how it’s all working out there, you know? That’s not going exactly trouble-free. So I really think that we should study Colorado, see what’s happening.”

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