Now this is a bizarre story…
Nancy Nadel has always been a champion of medical marijuana. She fought for sensible regulations of dispensaries, including on-site consumption and smoking of medical cannabis (though this was shot down by the larger council).
But tonight, as the Public Safety Committee debates her proposed smoking ban ordinance, she could be inadvertently stripping rights from medical marijuana patients. Nadel’s goal is clearly to ban tobacco smoking, though the ordinance as written would ban ALL smoking in new residences, outside bars, and at public parks.
Since the council disagreed with Nadel in 2004 and banned smoking (or any consumption) in medical cannabis dispensaries, I’m wondering, where are legal patients supposed to smoke?
I’m hoping that this ordinance doesn’t make it out of committee at all. Though I’m not a smoker, I think smokers should at least be able to smoke in their own homes. (V Smoothe details the many reasons this ordinance is bad news so I won’t go into them here.)
But if this ordinance does make it out of committee and ultimately passes, I hope Nadel (or Desley Brooks, an outspoken advocate for medical marijuana) steps up and amends the language within the ban to make an exception for medical cannabis patients. Otherwise, legal patients will literally be forced onto the streets to consume their medicine, and I doubt that’s what Nadel or Oakland wants.