In a trend reversal, San Francisco decides to ban smoking of tobacco inside buildings while allowing the consumption of cannabis indoors
Green wave of cannabis legalization continues as San Francisco watchdog adopted an amendment exempting the use of cannabis in apartments, while also banning the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes.
The measure targets tobacco and e-cigarettes in order to reduce second-hand smoke
The original proposal sought to exempt consumers of medical cannabis from the indoor smoking ban, but the council also allowed recreational use of cannabis in apartments due to its illegality in public.
Without the ability to smoke in private, cannabis users would have nowhere to go to consume the plant, which is increasingly legal throughout the United States for private and personal consumption.
Le superviseur Rafael Mandelman, auteur de l’amendement visant à exempter l’usage du cannabis, a déclaré que « les fumeurs de tabac et les fumeurs de cannabis sont fondamentalement dans une position différente selon la loi de l’État ».
« Les fumeurs de tabac, qui ne peuvent pas fumer dans leur immeuble, peuvent sortir sur le trottoir. Il existe d’autres espaces publics où ils sont autorisés à fumer. Les fumeurs de cannabis n’ont pas cette alternative ».
Permission to smoke cannabis indoors in San Francisco follows a monumental decision of the United Nations to reclassify cannabis, which is no longer a Schedule IV substance such as heroin. In addition, a recent study revealed that CBD has no effect on driving and that THC only has a mild effect for a few hours.
Each of these events represents a continued dissolution of the stigma surrounding cannabis, and suggests that we are moving towards a wider acceptance of cannabis in various contexts.
In addition, in the immediate future, Congress is expected to pass the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and De-listing (MORE) law this week. This law Project will remove cannabis from the list of controlled substances, decriminalizing it federally across the country.
The MORE law will also remove some criminal records associated with cannabis-related offenses, allow further testing and research on the drug, and give veterans recommendations on VA medicinal marijuana.