In regard to the article, “Fresno County supervisors deny medical marijuana appeals, issue fines totaling $477,000,” (March 18) I can see the need for strict enforcement of laws to attempt to drive down the growing of marijuana.
However, as an individual who lives in a smaller apartment complex, I have not once seen my landlord since I moved in. By signing a contract and moving onto the premises, I expect my privacy in my own residence. The landlord is not obligated to show up once a week or even once a month unless something is wrong or brought to his attention.
Expecting landlords to be held accountable for the actions of their tenants is absurd. It may be their property, but it wasn’t their actions or something that these individuals were even aware of that they’re paying for.
If they had knowledge of the activity and then did nothing, fine them. But that’s not always the case. Especially when landlords are fined because those responsible do not have the means to pay, or when the law simply picks and chooses who to fine.
The ordinance may be serving its function but it’s failing in many other regards.