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Four ways to keep marijuana from smelling up your home

Neighbors obviously enjoying legal, recreational pot? You can’t call the cops and complain, but you can try some other methods.

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A skunk-like smell wafts in from next door, which means your neighbor is baking again, and it isn’t a pie. Even if you favored legalizing marijuana, you might not want your days to be hazy. Here’s how to get relief.

1. Block the smell, don’t mask it.

A shot of air freshener may seem the most direct counter to the odor, but it means more chemicals in your air, says Joseph Pellegrine, owner of Look’N Good Cleaning Service in Newton. Instead, he recommends closing windows on the side of the house you share with your neighbor, and opening other windows to air out the space. For apartment dwellers, if the smell is entering from the hallway, put a draft stopper or similar object under the door. Or ask the neighbor to seal his or her door.

2. Filters are your friend.

In the same way you might put baking soda in the fridge to soak up smells, activated charcoal and carbon filters absorb the smell of weed. Some inexpensive examples include SmellRid and the Hamilton Beach TrueAir. You can place these around the house or apartment, as close to the source as possible.

3. Mention curb appeal.

Even secondhand smoke leaves a residue on walls and building exteriors, says David Brauer, owner of PuroClean, a cleaning service in Walpole. That residue can emit a foul smell of its own, and if left for too long, may require hiring a cleaning service like his to clean it off.

4. Spread the spoof.

A spoof, a.k.a. a sploof, filters smoke at the source. Commercial options include the Snubbz Smoke Silencer, SmokeBuddy, and Sploofy. You can craft one by stuffing dryer sheets into a cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper, putting a flat dryer sheet at one end.

What not to do.

Don’t call the cops. Your neighbor is doing nothing illegal.

Neighbors obviously enjoying legal, recreational pot? You can’t call the cops and complain, but you can try some other methods.

Emily Post’s great granddaughter on how to tell your neighbor to stop smoking weed, even if it’s legal

Q: How should you tell your neighbor to stop smoking weed, even though its legal in some states?

A: Even if weed is legal in your state, you shouldn’t tell your neighbors to stop doing something in their own home if they can’t legally smoke in public. And before you point out someone else’s behavior, you have to look at yourself, because you don’t know which of your behaviors bothers them.

What you should do is come from an angle of consideration. Instead of asking them to stop altogether, try asking them to smoke in a different spot in their home, and then open the conversation to things you both can work on.

Those are the things you can ask and work around. Neighbor issues can either be really simple to fix or can lead to long-term grudges.

If confrontation isn’t your thing and you know your neighbors, try leaving an air filter, a candle and some snacks (for when they get the munchies) with a note saying something like, “Hey, I am really not the type of person to do this, but the smell of pot is getting into my apartment, and I thought I could help get you started with a way to diffuse the smell.”

Even though weed is legal in some states, smoking it can affect those who don’t partake. Try to make that interaction as good for both parties as possible.

Two experts weigh in on how to address a neighbor who is smoking weed.