Campaigning to Ensure Some Safety and Sanity Around Reefer Madness

The City of West Hollywood is “poised to lead the way in setting new trends as the world’s cannabis culture capital,”  says a recent press release from City Hall.  But for a city that has more alcohol sales establishments per capita than any other in California, increasing the number of stoners could have consequences.

For that reason, the City of West Hollywood and the L.A. County  Sheriff’s Department are both trying to get the word out about how to consume cannabis legally.

The city’s “Weed Like You To Know” campaign launched Saturday and includes printed and digital materials, such as informational postcards in dispensaries and neighborhood-serving businesses, as well as social media messaging and electronic advertising.

“The aim is to remind consumers that using cannabis in public and at bars and restaurants isn’t permitted; consumption is only permitted at appropriate locations,” says the city’s announcement of the campaign. ‘Weed Like You To Know’ informational cards note the following:

— “Cannabis Consumption: Cannabis consumption includes smoking, vaping, and eating edibles;

— “Cannabis and Alcohol: By state law, bars and restaurants that serve alcohol cannot also allow cannabis consumption;

— “Smoking Patios: Business patios that allow smoking can only allow tobacco consumption; and

— “Cannabis Edibles and Smoking: In public, edibles and items can only be consumed/smoked in cannabis consumption lounges, which are anticipated to open in West Hollywood in late 2019.

The Sheriff’s Department’s warning is quite similar, but it also notes that it is illegal “to consume cannabis or possess an open container of it while driving or riding as a passenger in any motor vehicle, boat or airplane …

“Driving under the influence of cannabis is a crime punishable in the same way as driving under the influence of alcohol … Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.”

And it includes a reminder that people under the age of 21 “may not possess, use, transport, or cultivate non-medical marijuana. Minors under the age of 18 are subject to drug counseling or community service.”

Property owners can ban the possession or use of cannabis on their property subject to normal tenant law for renters. Employers may prohibit the use of marijuana by their employees. Commercial marijuana cultivation, manufacturing or sales operations requires a license from the State Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.

West Hollywood has issued temporary use permits  to four existing medical-use cannabis dispensaries, which authorize recreational cannabis sales at their current locations on a temporary basis through the end of 2019.  None of those businesses qualified for one of the eight recreational cannabis licenses that the city granted qfter a complicated application and evaluation process last year.

More information about cannabis in West Hollywood can be found online.


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Does this mean that one can not open a container of cannabis, use some, and then travel with what is left on the metro as a passenger? It seems like there should be an exemption for public transportation use, as there is no risk of an impaired driver situation (the spirit of the law)

Horatio
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Horatio

Why don’t we start by destigmatizing those who ingest marijuana in any form? Maybe let’s not refer to something that is legal as refer madness? This article and some of the comments really show how out of touch the older generations are. Times change, laws change, and we learn to adapt and live with one another. There are a lot of things I find nauseating about living in West Hollywood, and the constant complaining is one of them. I am grateful California has made marijuana legal as well as a number of other states. Instead of people complaining about a… Read more »

Potheads
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Potheads

Pot heads beget potheads, beget potheads! Next!
Time to graduate from Peter Pan Land.

Horatio
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Horatio

Cool thanks for the constructive comments. I’ll keep living my dream life making over six figures a year and being a highly successful gender non conforming user of cannabis who advocates for my fellow brothers and sisters who have been harmed from years of bad policies.

JF
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JF

Just as our culture got a handle on smoking in public places now we have to be sickened by the smell of pot everywhere we go. Hope our progressive leaders get a handle on how to protect those of us that don’t use.

James
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James

I don’t see the reason why Pot isn’t allowed to be smoked where Tobacco is allowed. Tobacco is so much worse second hand. And allowing landlords to ban pot? Why? That’s the only place most people are allowed to smoke pot, at home. Why take that away too? Pot smell doesn’t stick like cigarettes either. You can’t expect people to go to the nonexistent pot clubs to light up or consume. That’s just ridiculous.

Eric Jon Schmidt
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Eric Jon Schmidt

I’m glad that property owners can ban the use of it by tenants. If someone is not a pot smoker, the smell of it can be nauseating. It is bad enough that some apartment tenants have to endure second hand smoke from cigarettes, but it’s good to know that buildings can be “pot free”. I’m not against marijuana, I’m for being a good neighbor. If pot Is used for medical reasons, the edibles will have the same effect without Bothering others.

Up In Smoke
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Up In Smoke

That’s all fine and dandy, and a clever video too. But will Weho city and bar owners enforce these rules? Will landlords say no to smoking weed in apartments? All I know is that I smell pot everywhere. Most cases you can’t even tell where it’s coming from.

We’ll see how this new legal and nutty “recreation” turns out. I’m not confident it will turn out well.