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As of July 1st, adults in Vermont will be free to smoke as much cannabis as they wish, but state legislators are already brainstorming ways to limit this new freedom. The state’s new cannabis law already prohibits the use of cannabis in public, including sidewalks, parks, and hotels, but some legislators want to take the protection of non-smokers even further by limiting potential odors from marijuana smoke.
The state House of Representatives is currently debating a bill that would empower cities and towns to classify the smell of marijuana as a “public nuisance,” allowing cops to ticket individuals who are purportedly disturbing their neighbors with pot odors. The state’s current cannabis law already allows landlords to prohibit their tenants from using or growing cannabis, but the new bill would give local governments more power to interfere with individuals consuming legal weed on private property.
“I feel, as a non-marijuana user, that I should not have somebody else’s use impact my life,” South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple told a House committee during a hearing on the bill,