San Francisco Exempts Cannabis From Apartment Smoking Ban
San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to exempt cannabis from a proposed ban on smoking inside apartments and condominiums. The proposal would render San Francisco the largest U.S. city to pass such a law. It would apply to all buildings with three or more units.
Initially, the rule was supposed to apply to both tobacco and cannabis, but city leaders were soon flooded with complaints from marijuana advocates.
“Unlike tobacco, which can be smoked outside on public streets, cannabis consumption is illegal in all public spaces under state law,” residents wrote in a letter to the Board of Supervisors. “The proposed ordinance would thus leave apartment dwellers with no legal place to enjoy marijuana.”
Critics also said the initial draft discriminated against low income people and people of color.
San Francisco already bans smoking in the hallways and common areas of multifamily complexes. Norman Yee introduced this latest ordinance after hearing from a woman who was desperately trying to protect her baby from smoke that was wafting up from the unit below her. The amendment exempting cannabis was authored by Rafael Mandelman.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.