Some New York State Lawmakers Want To Ban Public Marijuana Use
If Republican lawmakers have their way, marijuana use will be banned in public places in New York State. The recreational adult-use cannabis industry is still in its infancy in the state, but certain lawmakers want to limit where consumers can smoke.
Get Fined For Smoking Marijuana In These 6 Banned Places In New York State
New York State law already bans smoking marijuana in many public places. The state passed a law that bans smoking in 6 places, which are state-owned. Adult-use cannabis smokers in New York already must adhere to the Clean Indoor Act.
What Is The New York State Clean Indoor Air Act?
The Act prohibits smoking and vaping in almost all public and private indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to protect workers and the public from exposure to harmful secondhand tobacco smoke and vaping aerosols. Localities may continue to adopt and enforce local laws regulating smoking and vaping; however, these regulations must be at least as strict as the Act.
While the Clean Indoor Act primarily covers interior spaces, Cannabis law states in part,
Nothing in this act is intended to allow smoking cannabis in any location where smoking tobacco is prohibited.
Gov. Kathy Hochul Signed Smoking Ban Legislation In New York State
On Friday, July 15, 2022, Gov. Hochul signed legislation (S.4142/A.5061) that prohibits smoking in 6 places. The legislation became law 90 days after that.
Marijuana Consumers cannot smoke in these 6 places in New York State:
1. All state-owned beaches
2. All state-owned boardwalks
3. All state-owned marinas
4. All state-owned playgrounds
5. All state-owned recreation centers
6. All state-owned group camps
Smoking in these designated areas will be punishable with a civil fine of $50. The bill exempts the Adirondacks and Catskills from the ban as well as parking lots, sidewalks adjoining parks, and areas not used for park purposes.
Republican Lawmakers In New York Want To Ban Public Cannabis Use
According to Spectrum 1, New York Senator George Borrello and NY Assemblyman Michael Novakhov, want to allow local governments to put local laws in place that ban the consumption of marijuana in public. Borrello said,
State residents, including children, are now regularly assailed with the pungent odor of marijuana on public sidewalks, in parking lots and other public spaces. Many New Yorkers don’t want to be exposed to either the effects of marijuana smoke or its smell and don’t want their children subjected to it.
Republicans want to implement a $125 fine for smoking weed in public.