Unintended Consequence for Pot Decriminalization – Stinking Up Your Neighbor’s House?

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“Dear PoPville,

Hoping you can take the pulse of PoPville, and maybe some council members about this particular aspect of marijuana legalization.

When our neighbor smokes, a very pronounced odor comes through the walls of our rowhouse. We let him know, and he apologized, etc. (Said all the right things). We really don’t mind if he smokes, and I know some people love the smell, but we really don’t. I don’t want my work clothes smelling like it. I don’t want my child smelling it. I don’t want to have to smell it in our house.

While it’s a non-issue in neighborhoods with detached homes, I think this is a potential unintended consequence in the District since we have so many rowhomes, apartments, and condos.”

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  • What would you do if he is a smoker of cigarettes? There’s really nothing you can do other than enjoy the decision to live in an urban environment! If he smokes out back or on the front porch, you’ll have the smell there as well.
    Perhaps the two of you consider adding insulation to the walls?

    • Pot has a much stronger smell than cigarettes though (that’s why it’s a migraine trigger for me whereas cigarette smoke is usually not). I also can’t imagine normal cigarette smoking penetrating the walls of a rowhouse. But what can the smoker really do about it?

      • I have to disagree. Cigarette smoke is much more harsh and penetrating. It also leaves a permanent odor, unlike its greener friend.

        • Our rowhouse neighbor smokes frequently outside, and it immediately and strongly comes in to our house via the openings in the brick for condensations lines, kitchen vents, etc. The smell permeates all three stories. I’m not happy about it but nothing can really be done, she is on her property and is in all other ways a great neighbor. I do worry about if we have kids though, as their bedrooms would be right by the porch. I think at that time we would invest in some extra insulation and plugging any holes/cracks we can see and hopefully that might help.

    • In New York City, there’s no smoking in many apartment buildings. I wish D.C. passed this law because last night I could smell cigarette smoke coming through the walls of my apartment. I don’t like to be around cigarette or reefer smokers.

  • I have no opinion on decriminaliztion, but wouldn’t this be an I intended good consequence of decriminalization? They could smoke outside without fear of getting arrested. I mean, cigarette smoking is legal and many cigarette smokers smoke outside to be considerate of the people in their space and their neighbors. This could happen with pot too, right?

    Like I said, I don’t have an opinion one way or another on this issue of changing the laws, but I don’t see how the issue of smelling through the laws is any different than with nicotine cigarettes.

    • Actually, I read that smoking pot in public would still be illegal under the most recent iteration of the bill.

      • Correct, it would be treated as if you were drinking booze in public.
        I think whether or not you could smoke on your front porch is still in a legal grey area. The law states that you must be on your private party, but obviously smoke can enter into public spaces (the sidewalk, shared areas in your building, etc.)

  • Same thing goes for cigarette smoke. You did the right thing–you spoke to your neighbor, voiced your concerns, and he (hopefully) will be more considerate in the future. If it’s legalized, it would be the same as smelling smoke from your neighbor’s tobacco. Most people will be considerate if approached in a civilized fashion.

    • nah, my home girl invented it in ’04…

    • I live next door to a really swell Indian couple. They are just the friendliest people ever and have the most adorable little new born you’ve ever seen! They also operate an Indian/Bangladeshian catering business out of their home. Best food ever!! As you can imagine – my entire house smells strongly of curry. What really can I do? I have a ton of air purifiers and they help a little. I also smoke a TON of pot and they don’t complain so… #cityliving

      • There’s nothing you can do about this. You should smell some of the food my neighbors cook and it doesn’t smell good. I mentioned this to my landlord because some of the food my neighbors cook sometimes smell up the entire hallway with a foul odor. My landlord stated, she felt uncomfortable telling people what they can cook in their apartment. It’s called diversity and living with different cultures.

  • Buy him some toilet paper tubes and air freshener sheets. That’s what we used in college. I even know the guy who invented that!

  • You could buy him a vaporizor.

  • I agree that the neighbor is in the wrong and should find an alternative to not stink up the OP’s house. But are we right to assume that decriminalization will exacerbate the problem? I smell it all the time in the street, where it remains outlawed.

  • justinbc

    Just go over one day when he’s already stoned and tell him that he previously agreed to do it out back. He won’t remember one way or the other and probably comply.

  • clevelanddave

    Smell is only one of many quality of life issues related to the wider availability of potent, smoked marijuana. One of course is wider availability to children and young adults. Another is people generally doing more stupid things while high, like driving. Of course some people will also drink while their high, which will make its impact even worse. Plus there is the pervasive smell. We all pay the price for these kind of things, much less the massive cost to our productivity, the cost to our healthcare system, etc. Fortunately for right now the marijuana laws in the district are fairly restrictive, however it is very clear (based on what organizers nationally have said) that the real objective is for full, recreational legalization, and not just of marijuana, but of all drugs.

    • Um, yeah, all of that is hogwash.

      • Actually it’s all pretty much true. But since the alternative seems to be imprisoning vast numbers of people for a crime that mostly (not entirely) affects themselves, I’d prefer legalization to mass imprisonment – at significant, and I think unjustifiable cost to both the drug user and me the taxpayer. Which is not to say we should legalize all drugs, but I think our bias should be toward legalization, only criminalizing when there is a deeply compelling reason to do so.

        • There is no indication that decriminalization leads to easier access to children or young adults or that people generally do more stupid things while high.

          Decriminalization does not necessitate or exacerbate any of those things.

          And most serious groups advocating for the legalization of marijuana are in no way advocating the legalization of all drugs.

          This comment from ClevelandDave was utter hyperbole and nonsense.

        • clevelanddave

          Actually, very very few people are actually in jail for personal marijuana possession offenses only. Usually it is a charge among many charges (ie they also had other drugs, plus marijuana), or they are dealing, or in possession of very large quantities of marijuana. Arrested? Yes. Convicted? Yes. But very few actually are serving time in jail. Usually a fine and/or rehab.

          • Your own argument supports the need to decriminalize, since it is clearly used as a pretext for searching an individual to be able to arrest and convice and incarcerate them for a different crime.

            If we aren’t incarcerating people for marijuana alone, why should it be criminalized at all? Clearly the punishment is not really a deterrent from use of marijuana. Who would say, gosh, I can’t smoke weed because I might not go to jail if caught? No one.

          • Actually both of you are being just a tad silly. Duponter for not understanding the basic reality that if you lower the cost (in this case in terms of a possible criminal conviction) of something that it is nearly guaranteed to become more widespread. And Cleveland Dave for defending drug laws based on the idea that well, at least they’re not enforced much.

          • 40,000 people serving time for marijuana possession is hardly negligible.

          • I actually think decriminalizing marijuana would make it harder for kids to get. Decriminalizing it destroys the need for a black market and makes it much less profitable to be a drug dealer. Drug dealers don’t check for an age on an I.D. Businesses do or they get shut down.

            40,000 people without freedom for a crime that hurts nobody is a travesty.

        • nope, actually it’s all BS. there are no facts to support your assertions. just paranoia and assumptions and false logic

      • Yes. Pretty much all of that was nonsense.

        It seemed to be a narrow diatribe against marijuana use, as opposed to the merits of prohibition. ClevelandDave didn’t really address the costs of prohibition or elaborate upon how prohibition addresses the costs he lists. It seems to be a given that costs of consumption are lower because of prohibition, something that is far from clear, given our experience of alcohol prohibition.

        • clevelanddave

          The cost of alcohol use is ten times greater than the revenue that is brought in- cost to society is an estimated at $150 billion a year. Far fewer people smoke marijuana than use alcohol but the cost to society per capita for marijuana use is as high or even higher. Is there a problem when African-Americans get arrested at a disproportionate rate? Yes, but that is a sentencing issue- it does not mean that marijuana is not dangerous, costly to society and should remain against the law, IMHO.

          • There is not 1 single bit of evidence marijuana is dangerous or unhealthy. No one has ever died from it and every study ever done shows it only IMPROVES lung function and capacity ( over 20 years those that smoke pot have stronger lungs than cigarette or non smokers)…not too mention the Cannabinoids that help pretty much every bodily process and are a basis for life /adaptation itself.

          • Again, your analysis is very narrow, in this instance with respect to the costs. Yes. The cost of alcohol use is great, but we have decided that the costs of prohibition are too great to forbid its use. The relevant question is what are the costs of use vs. continued prohibition. The costs of marijuana prohibition include fueling a wide array of crimes through the illicit drug trade, adverse health effects of adulterated products, criminalizing the behavior of millions of otherwise law abiding citizens and thereby undermining respect for the law, ruining the lives of millions through their interaction with the criminal justice system, clogging up the court and prison system with non-violent offenders thereby reducing available space for more serious criminals, and increasing the cost of multiple dimensions of the criminal justice system which crowds out public funding for other government functions. Of course, that list of costs is only the beginning; the human and fiscal costs of marijuana prohibition is vast.

    • justinbc

      What national organization is pushing for the legalization of all drugs?

    • fortunately there’s no cost to locking up tens of thousands of people each year, leaving them with criminal records, kicking them out of college, etc! what a brilliant commentary.

      • Your numbers are waaaaaaaaaay off. Over 1 million are in prison for drug-related offenses.
        The whole scheme is a game to make (white) people money. It’s basically a Jobs Program. To transfer money from the taxpayer and the lower classes to white middle class workers (cops and prison guards), upper-middle class lawyers and judges, and politically-connected wealthy entrepreneurs.

    • Personally, I am in favor of crack-dispensing vending machines in public schools.

    • Personally, I am really just pushing for crack-dispensing vending machines in public schools.

    • Do you know the cost of incarceration/”war on drugs”? FAR more than the possible negative externalities that you mention.

  • My guess is that decriminalization will allow people to smoke outside just like most tobacco smokers do now. My partner and I enjoy a cigarette every now and then but only smoke outside on our porch. Our neighbor smokes pot, and even though he currently does so inside and we can smell it while we’re on the porch. Perhaps one day soon we’ll be able to all smoke outside in a neighborly fashion….

    • it is a real treat when you open your windows for fresh air during nice weather and fill the place with the aroma of weed smoke instead 🙂

    • I think you are confusing decriminalization with legalization. In many jurisdictions in the US marijuana is decriminalized, but in only two states is it treated as legal, albeit only under state law.

    • clevelanddave

      Actually, even in Colorado and Washington it is illegal to smoke marijuana in public places. One result of marijuana legalization may be that it actually will increase government involvement and arrests: 1) the cost of marijuana in those states is still really expensive- a hundred or more dollars an ounce- so there will be a black market 2) There will simply be more marijuana around- and more people doing foolish and illegal things (like operating heavy equipment while high) 3) There will be a whole government infrastructure built around monitoring/taxing/regulating its sale 4) It will still be illegal to do a lot of things with marijuana from growing/selling in unauthorized ways, giving it to minors, smoking in public places, etc…

  • I know you can get people citations for noise violations…never though about offending the other senses though.

    • I definitely think decriminalizing marijuana would actually improve your situation, as your neighbor could take it outside without risk of being arrested for it. I had this issue in an old apartment where the guy who lived in the basement, four floors down from me, smoked up a lot and you could smell it all the way up the stairwell and into my apartment. I hate the smell to, but just lived with it and asked them to please try to not make it a daily habit at home.

      The one drawback to decriminalization is I think it will make it more likely and garner more support for government bans on smoking (of any kind) in public areas – parks, etc. I read an article that said Rehoboth is banning smoking cigarettes on the beach and boardwalk. So the positive outcome of decriminalization may be shortlived if more public smoking bans go into effect.

      • You bring up a great point. I wonder about this too. I recently moved into a building that is transitioning into a non-smoking building, so if you moved in after a certain date (Nov. 2012 I believe) you can’t smoke in your apartment. Cool. I don’t smoke tobacco often, so when I do I’ll go outside. (And at least for me, the smell of cigarette smoke lingers much longer than maryjane, but that could have to do with the amount/how it’s smoked (blunt, joint, bong, etc.).

        I definitely don’t think (if recreational use is fully decriminalized) people should be able to smoke any and everywhere (within certain proximity to schools, restaurants, public parks, etc.) but if I can’t smoke anything in my apartment and I can’t smoke anything out in public, where would I smoke? Find a new apartment I suppose…

      • justinbc

        Oh, if only those outdoor smoking bans actually worked! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked along the causeway in front of Union Station and seen people smoking directly next to the “This is a No Smoking Area” signs.

        • Well, efficacy is tied to enforcement for sure. Smoking bans in the bars and restaurants seem pretty well policed. I doubt it would take long if smoking was banned in MOST public areas for self policing by the public to do the trick.

          If you think the non-smoking gays on Poodle Beach at Rehoboth won’t be policing the smoking ones, you’ve clearly don’t know gay people.

        • I’ve seen people light up cigarettes on Metro platforms!

        • That’s just there so you can feel entitled to point to it and nag. Everyone wins.

          • justinbc

            It requires moving all of 12 feet to give those of us who choose not to smoke a clear path to walk without inhaling the disgusting fumes. I really don’t think it’s unreasonable.

  • There is a particular kind of weed popular in California that smells like a frigging dead skunk – I mean, exactly like a dead skunk, and in many public spaces in San Francisco someone starts smoking this stuff and I have to leave it smells so bad. Fortunately I haven’t noticed it around here but if a neighbor were smoking that skunk weed and the smell invaded my home that would be a serious problem, legal or not.

  • Right now, our neighbors a few doors down smoke pot on their front porch/front yard for hours on end, and it drifts into our house. We can’t keep our windows open in nice weather without getting a contact high. I’m not sure what the impact would be if it’s legalized, but hopefully they could wander around a bit more… I’m not sure there’s anything we can do.

    • Do you live on the 700 block of Princeton Place NW?
      A few years ago, I was looking at a house on that block where the next-door neighbors were smoking pot on the front porch. There were other issues with the house, but that was a deal-killer.

    • You won’t get a contact high from incidental second-hand smoke that’s wafted from your neighbor’s porch. I promise you.
      That’s an urban legend.

  • Buy them a vaporizer – it’s a smoking element specifically designed for smoking weed.
    It produces way less smoke and a cleaner buzz for them. You can get one online or at a dispensary.

  • lovefifteen

    Ask him if he can get a vaporizer. Maybe offer to pay for half of it. It will be worth it.

    • Some council member needs to offer an amendment to the bill that provides a vaporizor subsidy to allow residents to buy them at a discount. Pay for it with a tax increase on cigarettes.

    • justinbc

      Considering that it’s still actually illegal, I would say they should just say “hey, dude, buy a vaporizer or you might start getting unwanted knocks on the doors from someone other than me.” Paying to help someone break the law, as it’s currently written, isn’t generally the best policy.

    • Uh, dude should buy his own vaporizer regardless, just so much better!!!!!!!!!!!! (in my humble opinion)

  • I live next door to a really swell Indian couple. They are just the friendliest people ever and have the most adorable little new born you’ve ever seen! They also operate an Indian/Bangladeshian catering business out of their home -_- As you can imagine – my entire house smells strongly of curry. What really can I do? I have a ton of air purifiers and they help a little. I also smoke a TON of pot and they never complain so… #cityliving

  • The other option to suggest is ask him to run a high-powered air purifier while smoking indoors. I lived with roommates who smoked for years and get terrible migraines from the smoke, and asked them to get one to fix the smell issues. They said they got theirs at Walmart for about $100, and it cleans enough air for a 2000 square foot home, larger than almost any room they would conceivably smoke in (and no need to seek out a vaporizer, which is an excellent alternative in its own right). Plus it keeps the allergens down, hey, side benefits are never a bad thing.

  • This is a difficult situation. Perhaps you could buy them a vaporizer. I understand it produces far less smoke.

  • brookland_rez

    This has nothing to do with it being pot. I once lived over a neighbor that smoke cigarettes. It wasn’t terrible, but I could smell it from time to time.

  • I had no idea that rowhouse walls were so easily penetrated by smoke/smells. Aren’t the walls solid brick plus plaster (and then drywall, in new places)?

    I’ve lived in one for years and never smelled cooking/smoke from a neighbor.

    • Seriously. This sounds like CHEAP construction. No smells should be passing through the walls of two separate building.

      • I would imagine that smoke (being more of a fluid) would pass through gaps in a wall easier than sound.

        • Hate to be a pedant, but it’s apples and oranges in terms of smoke/sound. Sound is transmitted through sound waves and can go through sealed walls, whereas smoke requires physical holes to transfer. Not really sure what point I’m making, but wanted to clear that up.

          • The sound comment was directed by the “solid” comment about the walls. That the walls are solid won’t impact smells. You have to plug up every possible hole in order to stop smells, and that probably is going to be prohibitively expensive while probably still missing spots.

  • I am curious as to an earlier point in this thread: if you can get a noise violation for playing music too loud, could you get a violation for certain smells? Specifically the smell of smoke? I would imagine that cooking smells will be exempted because the smell is created in the preparation of something you need to survive (i.e. food). You’d be hard-pressed to make a case that you need to smoke to survive. I have my doubts that the police would try to enforce this violation though.

    • Actually, you can survive off a raw food diet. I have a strong aesthetic preference for such a diet and consider it more healthful, and wish others would fall in line. Don’t get me started on the smell of cooked meat.

      • My mother-in-law lives in Burke and her neighbors produce the most awful cooked meat smells that penetrate her house. I think they must be using rotten meat and burning it or something. I’m not a vegetarian or anything but it’s completely nauseating!

      • I think that you missed the point. DC is less likely to pass regulations governing things people need (to eat) compared to things that they don’t need (to smoke).

        • You should probably remember that a large segment of DC’s population aren’t white, 20something nonsmokers. I’d love to the city council figure out how to ban smoking in apartment buildings all throughout the District. Good luck with that.

  • There’s a couple with a 2-month old baby in Colorado who recently went to the media over the pot-smoking coming from a neighboring apartment. They said the strong stench of pot was harmful to their young baby. Because pot is legal in CO, authorities (police and child protective services) told them they couldn’t do a thing. Get ready for stories like that. However, I contend we apartment dwellers already have our own stories of cigarette smoke nightmares. I used to be fairly laissez-faire about smoking when I lived with my parents in single family houses. Now that I live in a small apartment in the city, I have become a strong anti-smoking person. I find it outrageous that people are allowed to pollute other people’s living spaces with cancer-causing second-hand smoke, and there is absolutely nothing you can do but move and hope another neighbor isn’t a smoker. I support your right to smoke until it infringes on my right to breathe clean air in my own place!

    • I have yet to experience the smell of cigarette smoke in any apartment I have lived in (both in Arlington and DC), but do run into the smell of pot on a pretty frequent basis. This is probably because cigarette smokers are more-or-less forced to go outside when in public, whereas pot smokers would get in trouble if lighting up on their front porch (if actually seen). I think that issue of pot smell being a violation will wind up pitting bosses from eastern wards and western wards against each other.

    • it would be good for every state and DC to hold off on legalizing pot. With CO and WA now legal, we should just see what happens for a few years. Both sides have been arguing for years about the horrible or great things that would happen if you legalize. Those were all hypothetical arguments. Now we can use CO and WA to actually see what reality is and make decisions accordingly.

    • You can move to another single-family home in the suburbs.

      • Oh, please. “Accept the status quo or move to the suburbs” is a false binary.

        • It’s just a physical property of the suburbs. It’s inherently more conducive to carving out your own private universe than a city apartment is, if that’s what’s important to you. That’s ostensibly why they were built in the first place.

          • Guess what… the suburbs are full of apartment buildings and houses with shared walls too. This isn’t an issue that’s specific to cities.

          • Absolutely. I had the worst problems with roaches, rodents, and trash when I lived in a townhouse in NoVA. These problems have more to do with having inconsiderate neighbors (and I’d argue you’re more likely to get them in the suburbs).

          • And walk around DC a bit more. There are single family homes here too.

          • Of course there’s overlap; but you’re more likely to find (and more able to afford) single standing houses with expansive yards in the suburbs (since they’re sold for their spaciousness and privacy), and are more likely to have to deal with connected housing in the city (since they’re defined by their density). What does any of that other stuff matter at all? Fine, buy a single family home in the city/don’t live in an apartment building in a suburbs. None of that is relevant to the point that if you can’t hang with the obvious trade-offs inherent to a particular physical situation (e.g. a high-density living arrangement in a high-density area meaning you’re going to see/hear/smell the existence of a lot of people), then don’t buy into it.

          • So why bring the ‘burbs into this at all? It’s not like they’re some kind of utopia for people who can’t stand people around other people.

          • So why bring the ‘burbs into this at all? It’s not like they’re some kind of utopia for people who can’t stand being around other people.

    • I think you first have to show that second hand smoke from a neighboring apartment is coming into your living space to such a degree that it is actually likely to harm your health.

      You can mask what is essentially a nuisance with feigned health concerns if you want, but the reality is you just don’t like the smell. Because you can smell cigarette smoke does not mean you are inhaling second hand smoke. Get a grip. Note: I’m not a smoker today and even when I was, I never smoked inside my own apartment because I didn’t like the smell of it. And I certainly wouldn’t love coming home every day to the smell of it from a neighbor. But let’s not pretend your neighbor is giving you cancer. You’re more likely to get cancer from your cell phone than your neighbor smoking.

      • I read that you can get cancer from third-hand smoke, so if you can smell it, you can get cancer. What the likelihood is, I don’t recall.

    • Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!…

  • We had this problem in our rowhouse except it was cigarette smoke. It was awful, especially in our bedroom. My husband took care of it by removing the quarter round molding from the floor boards and shooting foam insulation into the crack between the floor and the wall. Worked like a charm. We occasionally still smell some smoke if we have our whole house fan on with the doors closed but otherwise it completely eliminated the odor. It was seriously amazing. I still can’t believe such a simple solution worked so well.

  • IMO its just like any other unwanted scent coming form a neighbor…
    trash stinks and can come in through your window, cigs as well, pet dropppings (cue astro turf wars lol)

    but ui mean its just like anything else

    i think what makes most see it differently is the social stigma it carries to this day. as that falls so will the ammount of people who find it outragous that they smell burning grass but will call cig smoke unpleasent instead of it being a big deal

    • I don’t think that it has anything to do with the social stigma. That’s an excuse given by someone who wants to do something and doesn’t want to accept that other people don’t like the smell.

  • Why would second-hand smoke (yes, maryjane causes harmful second hand smoke- especially for developing babies) lose its stigma? I’ve got news for you. Any kind of second-hand smoking is going to generate opposition from people who have the audacity to think they should have clean air in their own housing. What I don’t get from pot-smokers and regular smokers is why they remain stunningly (willingly) oblvious to how their cancer-causing, asthma-inducing, migraine-causing pollution affects other people. Sure, you can smoke, but why on earth do you think we all need to breathe that crap in as well? This is not just another smell. It is dangerous, and it is a public health issue. That stigma ain’t go nowhere, kid!

    • Meant for “That Man A.” Oops!

    • Actually, smoke is smoke. What’s unique about cigarette smoke is that it’s addictive; what’s unique about marijuana smoke is that it’s intoxicating. But what makes it carcinogenic is the same thing in everything else combustible that gives off smoke. The reason you’re not complaining about smelling barbecue grills in the summer (or gasoline exhaust all year) is stigma.

      • Ah, but Power of Flight, I don’t allow my neighbors to place their exhaust pipes right up against my window screens. I’ve never understood this argument, and I’ve definitely heard it from smokers before. No amount of air purifiers can save you from a next-door neighbor who insists on smoking to his heart’s content. We’re talking about apartment buildings where outlets and vents connect apartments. I tend to think smokers have no idea what sort of distress they cause others because 1) they’re rude, and 2) their sense of smell is so damaged they don’t get how bad it is or why people don’t want to stand next to them. Again, I support your right to smoke, but I don’t support your right to make my personal living space hell. People complain about smokers for a reason, and not hard-to-quantify and even-harder-to-smell car pollution in their immediate houses.

  • Is it meant to be ironic or funny or something that a white guy was used in the topic photo? Kind of like how Giant used a white girl to appeal to Howard students.

  • given the alarming rates of opioid abuse (prescription and non), coupled with increasing rates of alcohol consumption and abuse (and how is that even possible in the US? but I digress), it’s hard to get worked up over the public health implications of legalized weed. It’s the cultural shift towards acceptance which is a greater collective adjustment than the obvious point that weed consumption is nothing new.

  • If this much air is coming inside your home from a neighboring property, your biggest concern should be the energy wasted due to the terrible state of your insulation and air sealing. Take advantage of the DC rebates for a blower-door test (to see just how bad and where the leaks are) and air-sealing work: http://www.dcseu.com/for-my-home/audits-air-sealing-insulation/air-sealing-insulation

    Our contractor told us that leakage through party / side walls in DC rowhouses is usually worse than you might think, but easily mitigated.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Sorry, the right to never be bothered by anything isn’t guaranteed under any constitution.

  • Also it’s important to separate the decriminalization from the “my neighbor uses it and it affects me in X way” issues. I honestly don’t think anyone has a right to say that the inconvenience of smelling smoke in a city is in any case worse than the fact that people are going to jail and having their lives ruined, or the gang violence erupting from the black market.

  • Sometimes when we are bothered by something it is our own responsibility to address the feeling of being bothered. Claiming to be bothered by something should not necessarily result in the restriction of others’ behavior.

    • You probably think it’s ok for you to play loud music at 3am and it is your neighbors fault if they feel bothered.

  • Wow- these comments are killing me. Such pent-up unhappy people willing to whine about just anything. Dear God, what have we become? “Ewww that smell from the hallway is bothering me”, “Ewww, that light outside my window is bothering me”.
    Listen to yourselves people.

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