Nadel Stripping Rights from Medical Marijuana Patients?

11 Sep

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.

3 Responses to “Nadel Stripping Rights from Medical Marijuana Patients?”

  1. vsmoothe September 12, 2007 at 11:03 am #

    An exemption has been written into the ordinance for medical cannabis, but private, at-home, recreational use of marijuana as permitted by Oakland’s Measure Z would have been banned.

    At the committee last night, they took out all the stuff about housing, and moved the ordinance, minus the multi-housing ban and the nuisance designation, onto the full Council.

  2. Becks September 12, 2007 at 11:53 am #

    Thanks for the update. When the ordinance was first introduced in May, it still included medical cannabis patients, but I’m glad to hear that’s been taken out.

    It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with this. I feel really bad for all the bars that have invested lots of cash into creating outdoor areas for smoking. But at least smokers will still be able to smoke in their own homes.

  3. vsmoothe September 12, 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    That’s true. The exemption was added after the June 12th meeting where the ordinance was scheduled to be heard. This was the first time they’ve discussed the proposal since adding it.

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