News » City Smoking Ban Does Not Apply to Marijuana

November 3, 2011 by

Sebastopol, a small city north of San Francisco, isn’t know to be friendly towards cigarettes. In the past they have voted to prohibit smoking in work places, bars and restaurants, retail stores and in public areas such as parks.

In July they went a step further, requiring that landlords write no-smoking clauses into their contracts for new rental properties. All existing contracts will need to be modified within 14 months to include the ban.

This broad ban left medical marijuana users wondering where they stood, legally, to use marijuana in their homes.

The City Council resolved the issue this week with a unanimous vote to exclude medical marijuana from the definition of “smoking” in the legislation.

Other nearby locales such as Sonoma and Santa Rosa have implemented or are considering similar bans.

[source Press Democrat]

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