Marin County California Totally Opposed To Smoking....
….Except Pot, Of course.
By Dell Hill
in Marin County, California will soon be illegal. Well, almost
illegal. If you’re smoking a cigarette or cigar, you’re busted! If
you’re smoking pot - Hey! No problemo, Dude!
Illegal! You’re Busted!
Legal! Spark Up, Dude!
Here’s the story...
war on smoking was blunted Tuesday as a measure cracking down on
tobacco and other "weed" was sent back for revision to make clear the
crackdown does not include marijuana.
supervisors were in agreement with the policy when county staff last
month asserted an ordinance outlawing smoking in unincorporated-area
apartments included marijuana and other herbs as well as tobacco, the
county board Tuesday abruptly called for revisions making clear tobacco
was the only weed at issue.
move came at the urging of Supervisor Kate Sears, who called for
changes in ordinance language defining smoking as puffing "tobacco,
weed, spices, herbal or other plant life" to make clear only tobacco
products were involved.
later why she wanted to make it clear marijuana smoking was not covered
by the measure, she said, "we've already got laws outlawing that."
County Counsel Jack Govi, who asked if he should develop language that
also gave officials the option of outlawing pot smoking in apartments
and condos, was told by board chairman Steve Kinsey to work with
"interested board members" on the matter.
Susan Adams, a nurse, expressed concern about those who inhale
second-hand marijuana smoke, as well as about condo owners "who bought
their units (with) a different set of rules," but noted she supported
the intent of the smoking measure.
Officials at first tried to slide the ordinance through, seeking
that only a clerical "clarification" was needed, but realized as
discussion progressed that the substantial change legally required them
to go back to square one, make revisions, seek a first reading or
tentative approval of the plan, and then schedule another public hearing
on the merits before adopting the program.
warned that the ordinance as written created an opening for court
challenges from people who might be disturbed by pot smoke.
"If you don't make the clarification, marijuana smoke would be illegal," he said.
health chief Larry Meredith, calling smoking "the number one cause of
premature death," said the measure was essential for the public welfare.
county law, modeled on a strict anti-smoking measure in Larkspur,
outlaws smoking in private indoor spaces including balconies, carports,
decks and common areas; requires landlords to set up "smoking permitted"
areas; requires existing apartment complexes to be 80 percent smoke
free and new complexes to be smoke free. Landlords and condominium
boards could seek exemptions for up to 20 percent of units, which would
then be grouped in a "smoking section."
landlords support such legislation because it curbs complaints, cuts
costs and reduces liability. Most who spoke Tuesday offered
law would be enforced by county health officials and violators could be
fined $100 and/or five days of community service. A second violation
would generate a $300 fine and/or 10 days of service, and a third
violation within one year, $700 and/or 15 days of community service.”
Dell’s Bottom Line:
Amazing, isn’t it? I mean, really, California. People are busted for stoking a doobie in the Golden State?
Why do I get the strong feeling that these folks are “blowing smoke”?