Post reporter Keith L. Alexander had a fascinating story in Wednesday’s paper about a legal battle between neighbors in adjacent rowhouses and the right to smoke in the privacy of their own homes.

Here’s the gist of the neighborly feud that found its way to D.C. Superior Court: Edwin Gray’s family has lived in a brick rowhouse near Union Station since 1964. Gray says every once in a while, he likes to smoke a cigarette or marijuana — which is now legal to do in D.C. That habit has become a problem since his new neighbors arrived in the renovated, attached rowhouse next door in September.

The neighbors, who have a young child and a second on the way, sued Gray, saying the hazardous smoke creeps into their home and exposes the family to second-hand smoke. A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled that, for now, Gray is prohibited from smoking any sort of substance in his own home.

The dangers of second-hand smoke have long been known, but, beyond the health implications, this case is significant for D.C. residents for a number of reasons. Marijuana was just legalized in D.C., and it is illegal to smoke the drug in public, which means most people who choose to smoke will be smoking the odorous substance in their homes. (Yes, most people smoking legal marijuana in D.C. have likely long been smoking marijuana in their homes.) But will this ruling set a slippery precedent for taxpaying homeowners who want to smoke in their own homes? At least some readers on Twitter think so:

On the other hand, as one reader, siding with the judge, points out: Once the smoke creeps into your neighbor’s dwelling, there’s an argument to be made that you’re not really smoking in the privacy of your own home anymore.

The lawsuit also points to the long-explored tensions of a changing D.C. Alexander writes in the article that Gray lives off disability checks. The suing neighbors, Brendan and Nessa Coppinger, are both lawyers. Inspectors determined that Gray’s decaying chimney, in part, allowed smoke to seep into his neighbor’s home. The Coppingers offered to pay for some of these repairs, but Gray refused, saying he doesn’t want his neighbors to determine how the renovations are done and have the chance to sue again if it wasn’t done the way they wanted.

One D.C. lawyer quoted in the article said neighbor disputes are more frequently making their way to court.

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