COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - People in a Commerce City neighborhood say the smell of marijuana coming from a grow house is so strong, at times, they can't go outside.
On Saturday, Trudy Moser went before her Homeowners Association in the Fronterra Village to ask whether it can issue fines for the nuisance smell coming from one house, five doors down the road.
"Last summer, as it started to warm up, it's like, "'Gosh, what is that smell?'" said Moser. "We couldn't sit out on our patio, because it just kind of ruins your drink or your dinner."
Other neighbors are also turning up their noses to the stink.
"You can close every window turn everything off, and you can still smell it inside," said Melissa, who did not want to use her last name.
Neighbors complained to police, and a police report states that eventually drug task force officers were allowed inside the home, finding 76 marijuana plants in a basement that had been converted into a full-fledged grow house.
The report states that the Vietnamese family that owns the house admitted to running grow operations in two homes in the neighborhood, claiming it was all legal and showing a permit to grow as medical marijuana users and caregivers.
The report states that the District Attorney closed the case citing "insufficient evidence."
7NEWS tried to talk to the homeowners with no answer at the house, but police records state that family members also own the nearby Chinese Food restaurant China Red. The cashier there said she had nothing to tell us and asked us to leave.
Moser hasn't given up, and she is hoping the HOA will issue a nuisance citation out of concern for property values.
"You can't sell your house if you're right next to a grow house because people are going to smell and that be like, 'Yeah, I don't want to smell that all the time,'" said Moser.
The state has a 6-plant per adult limit for marijuana grows, but there is an exception for medical marijuana. Patients and caregivers can be authorized for high numbers of plants.
Also, pot growers pay far less in taxes by registering as medical marijuana caregivers.
Colorado lawmakers are looking into closing those loopholes this session, in part, by setting some hard limits on the number of plants that can be grown.