Ever since Washington State made recreational marijuana sales and pot possessions legal in the passing of Initiative 502, some residents have been really complaining– but not about what you think. It appears that neighbors of marijuana smokers have had their olfactory receptors assaulted by pungent pot smoke, and they also claim that it is infringing on their civil liberties.
In a current report, an anonymous Vancouver resident told reporters that she felt that her rights as a non-smoker have been set aside because of the new pot possession laws, claiming, “This is something that needs to be talked about, people’s rights are being violated by the people who have been given the right to smoke pot.”
The disgruntled woman even required to Facebook to “air out” her problems concerning pot possession and also outdoor smoking in a post stating: “I just have to say that it really sucks that I have such a nice backyard that I cannot fully enjoy because when the neighbors start smoking their “legal” pot it always ends up in my backyard. It stinks so bad. I am not pleased right now at all.”
Marijuana enthusiasts reason that the law now states that an individual over the age of 21 can consume hemp in any type of place where alcohol is permitted. She highly disagrees, stating “Some people equate smoking pot to alcohol, but I can sit out here on my back deck and have a beer, and nobody knows the difference. You can smell the difference with pot.”
Although marijuana retailers are sympathetic to the fact that not everybody finds marijuana to be a pleasing smell, they associate her concerns to absolutely nothing more than societal growing pains.
“I understand it’s a new smell, and some people will be a little uncomfortable with it,” Kyle Stetler, with Main Street Marijuana explained. “There will be some people who are down on it, but eventually I think people will calm down and get used to it.”
As awful as it is for some, they have no choice but to manage the situation. Currently, there is nothing in Washington’s legislations or any kind of city ordinances on the books that covers the concern of second-hand smoke or even the odor of marijuana.
Things are looking good for any non-user with marijuana friendly neighbors. Marijuana dog breeders in Vancouver recently began experimenting the DNA of numerous strains of marijuana in hopes of developing a new generation of odorless weed for customers going through cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. Otherwise, with enough complaints from locals, cities all across Washington could develop regulations against outdoor marijuana smoking.
“With any new law there are always gray areas, always evolution, things that come up that need to be addressed, questions that weren’t asked until after the law was passed,” said Vancouver police representative Kim Kapp. “We just go by the only law we have, and that’s don’t smoke in public and don’t drive under the influence.”Categories: