The city of Los Angeles is considering rules to accommodate the recreational marijuana industry, and that’s leading to big questions on where people will be allowed to smoke or consume pot.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the city has not allowed the building of cafes or lounges for pot consumption, at least not yet. Marijuana advocates are worried that this decision would leave a potentially booming tourist influx and renters without a place for legal use. Additionally, current draft regulations prohibit consumption inside cannabis businesses. It’s also not permitted to smoke in public places including hotels, cars and outside. People can use marijuana on private property, but if you’re a renter and your landlord does not allow smoking of any kind, under federal law, you can be evicted.
So what are the nuances of recreational marijuana use as laws change in the L.A. and across California? And where do you think people should be allowed to smoke?
Emily Alpert Reyes, reporter covering City Hall for the Los Angeles Times, and author of the recent article, “L.A. is set to be a hot market for marijuana sales. But there might not be many places to smoke it”
Pamela Epstein, cannabis attorney and owner and founder of Green Wise Consulting in L.A., a firm that assists cannabis businesses on regulations