drug nuisance, property, demolition
Amici curiae brief filed by the Community Law Center on behalf of Respondent, State of Maryland. At issue before the Court of Appeals was whether the equitable power granted by Md. Ann. Code, Real Property § 14-120(e) allows a District Court to abate a drug nuisance, which has been found to be a threat to the safety and welfare of a community, through the demolition of a building. Md. Ann. Code, Real Property § 14-120(e) is known as the “Drug Nuisance Statute” and the Community Law Center has devoted much of its resources to representing community associations in drug nuisance cases. The Community Law Center argues that both explicit statutory language and common law principles clearly give the District Court the power to order the demolition of a property found to be a drug nuisance when the nuisance threatens the health and safety of the community residents. In the instant case, the District Court found that Petitioner’s property at 2900 Springhill Avenue constituted a drug nuisance that could be abated only through demolition of Petitioner’s property and the Community Law Center argues for the Court of Appeals to affirm the District Court’s ruling.
Property Law and Real Estate