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Letter: Right to be marijuana-free

There has been a great deal of attention paid to the “rights” of people who seek to sell and to consume marijuana.

There’s been almost no attention paid to the “rights” of people who seek to be free of marijuana.

Pursuant to CRMC and City Code:

“Smoking or consumption of marijuana in public is prohibited by state law”….

Yet, the odor and the smell of smoke can be heavy on city streets and in city parks.

I walked past a local bar (on Grand Avenue) at 4 p.m. about three weeks ago. The smell of marijuana coming through the open doors was enough to knock a person out. The sidewalk in front of the business is certainly a public place.

The use of marijuana at Strawberry Days (east side of the park at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. on Friday) was blatant. The smell was heavy as I walked my grandchildren through that area.

There appears to be no enforcement of the existing state law/existing city code regarding public consumption (understandably …. it’s probably just too hard).

Those of us who don’t want to breathe in/smell either smoked or just the packaged marijuana (which in and of itself is very pungent/objectionable) are pretty much ignored.

It seems to me that folks who want to have public areas marijuana-free ought to see current law/current code enforced before there is any consideration of more marijuana businesses in town. The folks who have been making the laws have not come up with any effective way to enforce the public consumption portion of the law.

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