Annie Adjchavanich, CRE LA, Orange Co, SFV, South Bay, Inland Empire (Secret HQ, Inc)

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Even though it is legal in some states, including California as of this month, I would lawyer up before representing a building as suitable for a grow house or a head shop.   Regulations are still being passed at State, County, and City levels.  Employers can still fire an employee who tests positive.  And, the Federal Government still considers it illegal. 

Nov 14, 2016 09:25 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Debbie Laity has written several articles on the joys and nightmares in dealing with this new emerging market.

Nov 14, 2016 08:31 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Booming potential and the states have a free-hand and the feds will soon follow. Employment, tax revenue, Real Estate, related fields and of course the consumers have spoken. They want it. They want to sell it too. Its happening

Nov 14, 2016 04:52 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Unless a person is violating the guidelines for marijuana possession in California, the fed does not prosecute. Cultivating, however, is another story. I have had a huge uptick in people calling about rural mountain properties in the Sierra, areas where I don't sell anyway and know none who do. When you ask why they want to buy there, the reasons are typically very vague, and then it's pretty easy to figure out why.

I don't get involved in it but not because I'm worried about liability. I just don't want to drive that far, most are an hour away, nor put in that much work over a small plot of land.

Nov 15, 2016 07:26 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I agree with  Fred Griffin however, hopefully not for long

Nov 14, 2016 09:53 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annie Adjchavanich - now if this was in Massachusetts....

Nov 14, 2016 03:28 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

There have got to be some attorneys who can advise you appropriately here, Annie Adjchavanich - I would not broach this without consulting one.  It's too new in your area and I am confident that different states have different laws. Good luck with it though!

Nov 14, 2016 12:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Fred Griffin raises some valid points!

Nov 14, 2016 11:20 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Annie Adjchavanich Very interesting dilemma to experience.  Good luck 

Nov 14, 2016 05:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Someone who can tell your first hand how real estate is impacted is Belinda Spillman and Dick Greenberg .  They are both in Colorado, and know more about this.  


Nov 14, 2016 04:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

My business is residential and I have yet to receive any calls for cultivation or retail spaces.  Good luck finding the right opportunities, Annie.  

Nov 14, 2016 12:34 AM
Sona Gallatin
Keller Williams VIP Properties - Santa Clarita, CA

1 per week, and the information needed to move forward on this is as elusive as a ball of liquid mercury. I can't get a simple list of which municipalities allow it in Southern California, for starters. Most commercial leasing agents cut me off in mid-sentence when I ask if their space is available for MMJ for my client(s). Couple that with Gov. Jerry Brown mucking up every single law this past week by trying to tie together medical and recreational pot laws, and you have a recipe for expensive research. Then add on the uncertainty of whether the Trump admin is going change course from Obama and start cracking down on the business, as it is still a federal crime.

May 03, 2017 08:28 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Living in Colorado, we have seen lots of activity revolving around pot.   It is still illegal federally, so I won't list a home with pot growing.

Nov 22, 2016 12:06 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

It failed here...

Nov 14, 2016 09:07 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Good luck

Nov 14, 2016 07:53 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm parked and reading. I work with a lot of growers in Colorado. Send them my way when they can't afford your land prices. 

Nov 14, 2016 01:23 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

In DC, possession is legal.  Selling it is not legal - although you can give it away and grow you own - if you can find seeds - up to six plants.  And while we don't have retail shops, there are some new condo units that offer special little "grow closets" to provide perfect growing conditions.  Who thought we'd see the day?

Nov 14, 2016 12:37 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

not in CA so I can't help you

Nov 14, 2016 11:32 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Not yet.  I likely will not involve myself in that. 

Nov 14, 2016 08:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Blog about your experience.

Nov 14, 2016 07:52 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Annie - That's probably the biggest, and for us in real estate, the most notable impact from our legalization 3 years ago - and it hasn't slacked off.

Nov 14, 2016 06:43 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Have a builder who is building warehouse growing facilities in Colorado.

Nov 14, 2016 05:59 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We have been dealing with this in Oregon over the last year. And it is an on going issue as the regulations for this law are still being written.

Nov 14, 2016 04:28 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR


Nov 14, 2016 04:13 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Not sure the impact that will have on you all in CA but I am sure the new problems will be welcome!

Nov 14, 2016 02:58 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

No calls yet.

There are a great many caveats to this industry of defiance. Those who grow, dispense or supply infrastruture or equipment for this industry will find they are not included in the list of federally recognized business/industry meaning lenders won't touch them with a ten foot pole.

As demonstrated with the population of those who appear on the list of sexual predators, local governments can and will pass codes to made it impossible to exist, legally.

It will be renewed class warfare between reality and 'not in my neighborhood.'

Example: In Florida we are dealing with a heroin epidemic. IT was the direct result of closing down the pill mills. Now the $$$ flows to outlaws tax free rather than pharmacutials companies.

Each local will get to decide if the revenue is to be taxed or flow through the black market. That is really the only decision to be made.

If a buyer with a streak of defiance needed help, they can call me.

Nov 14, 2016 02:53 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We have been dealing with this for a couple of years in Washington State now and the state will be issuing guide lines and licensing criteria soon so be very careful....

Nov 14, 2016 02:32 AM
Scott Lawson
America's Home loans - Santa Rosa, Petaluma Mortgage Broker - Santa Rosa, CA
Mortgage Broker FHA, VA, refinance or purchase

You'll find local city planning is going to have other ideas. You can't just put up a dispensary wherever you like. They are highly regulated on a local level regardless of recent state law changes. The Feds can still slam them shut any time they like and I think that's more likely now than a week ago...

Nov 14, 2016 02:25 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Prop 64 is irrelevant and a total waste of our time.  Possession, use or cultivation of marijuana is still a violation of federal law (which trumps state law).  I would not go anywhere near that.  I'm going to be reminding my tenants about that too.

Nov 14, 2016 01:43 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I'm in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, and we don't have marijuana legalization here or maybe not yet....


Nov 14, 2016 01:34 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's going to be an interesting set of situations you will be facing.

Nov 14, 2016 01:18 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's a horror show waiting to happen....we'll be dealing with that as of Dec 15....

Nov 14, 2016 01:12 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

No, since I'm in Illinois, but make note that if a person is a W-2 employee, he is fine, but the owner can not use this as a form of income. The federal government does not consider this, since it is just a state law. Very interesting!

Nov 14, 2016 01:03 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

We're still struggling after 2 years of legalization in Washington State.  The neighbors hate the odor coming from the "farms".

Nov 14, 2016 12:56 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I will let someone else to represent land owners.... Not to have cops intereviewing me.  May be that real estate broker can get his broker license back since he had a head start a few years ago...

Nov 14, 2016 12:53 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I know you want to open your own neighborhood shop, Annie Adjchavanich!

Might make a great real estate office too

Nov 14, 2016 12:42 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If not yet, you soon will as people scramble to profit!

Nov 14, 2016 12:33 AM