A BAY AREA LANDLORD IS ACTUALLY SEEKING OUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS TO RENT HIS PLACE.
HE’S NOT SECRETIVE ABOUT IT.
IN FACT, HE PUT AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST.
HE SHOWED ROBERT LYLES THE ONE ROOM IN THE HOUSE THAT’S THE BIG SELLING POINT.
IT HAS 3 BEDROOMS…THAT ARE WORKS IN PROGRESS.
“Would this be considered the master? Yes, it would (laugh)…”
THERE’S ONE BATHROOM… AND EVEN DIRT ON THE WALLS..
“< you literally made this from the soil in the backyard?> yeah.”
STILL ITS RENTING FOR 13 HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH.
AND THE CALLS TO DAVID PETERSON HAVE BEEN NON-STOP.
“There’s somebody else coming to see the house at 5-30…so the sooner the better.”
SO WHY ARE RENTERS RACING TO A NORTH RICHMOND NEIGHBORHOOD TO SHELL-OUT 13 HUNDRED CLAMS A MONTH?
“So this is the grow room… this used to be a walk in closet.”
THAT’S RIGHT… INSTEAD OF SKELETONS IN PETERSON’S CLOSET…
THERE’S A 32 SQUARE FOOT GROW TABLE… CAPABLE OF HOLDING 6 MATURE AND 12 IMMATURE POT PLANTS…
IN FACT, PETERSON HAS MADE INDOOR GROWING EFFORTLESS.
“These are thousand watt lights… thousand watt grow lights.”
“This is a carbon filter…so all the air in the room get’s pulled this way…and reduces the smell basically.”
AND IT’S ALL INCLUDED IN THE RENT.
SPELLED OUT… IN BLACK AND WHITE ON CRAIGSLIST…
THAT’S WHAT BROUGHT LYDIA DAVIDSON RACING IN FROM SHASTA COUNTY.
LYDIA DAVIDSON, PERSPECTIVE RENTER
“…Its not very easy to find a landlord that first allows a 215 patient…but encourages the rental of one… so it was kinda’ neat.”
“And she’s not alone. When our camera’s arrived here tonight…there were 3 perspective renters waiting curbside…for a tour of that grow room inside. But none wanted to appear on camera. So just what do the neighbors think?.”
PEDRO TORO, NORTH RICHMOND NEIGHBOR
“You’re not surprised to see it in the neighborhood? No.”
PEDRO TORO SAYS IN THIS PART OF RICHMOND…POT IS FOUND…
“Many places in the neighborhood… No uh-uh. No.”
SO NEITHER LANDLORD NOR RENTERS SEEM WORRIED ABOUT RUNNING AFOUL OF THE LAW.
“It seems like its getting safer and safer as far as law enforcement goes.”