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Man Demands City Contain Fart Smells After Council Bans Marijuana Odor

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smell marijuanaI have heard of marijuana odor bans before. I have always thought that they were ridiculous because municipalities are trying to ban the smell of nature. How is that even enforceable? How can law enforcement, or citizens for that matter, differential the smell of marijuana from other smells? I have family members that cannot tell the difference between a skunk in the distance, or marijuana being grown/consumed in the distance. Not everyone is offended by the smell of marijuana, and I have found that most people actually enjoy it, even non-consumers.

A city in Oregon (Pendleton) recently banned the smell of marijuana within city limits. That ordinance led a man to write his local newspaper and demand that the city also regulate the smell of farts, because after all, he finds the smell offensive. While the letter to the editor that he sent in was mean to be a joke, it also highlights the ridiculousness of the marijuana odor ban. Per OPB:

With the passage of an amendment to Pendleton city code to contain the smell of marijuana, one man saw a chance to rein in lingering bodily odors as well.

“While farting may be legal in Oregon, many (including myself) are offended by the flatulent stench,” said Peter Walters’ letter to the editor in the East Oregonian. He goes on to complain that businesses and homeowners can’t seem to contain farts, and calls on the city to address the problem.

“The Mayor and a few on the council have made it clear that they want to fight this legalization with every thing they can,” wrote Walters in a Facebook message. “Meanwhile, everyone in this town thinks that the city council is a joke because they spend their time on stupid crap like lingering pot smells while citizens complain about ten-year-old pot holes.”

Kudos to Mr. Walters. His letter was entertaining and insightful. If a city can ban the odor of marijuana, which will be perfectly legal statewide on July 1, where is the line drawn? There are many, many odors out there that people find offensive. Should we ban them all? What is the harm that can result from the smell of marijuana? What a waste of time. I hope that the citizens of Pendleton hold the elected officials that passed this ordinance accountable.

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77 Comments

  1. Try brushing up on your weak comprehension skills that you lack, and do something about your lack of manors

  2. you disgusting creep
    there are murderers in the world i believe we can both believe that, now, that does not mean we are all murderers, just like being one who trys to uplift the world through the clergy should not be automatically accused of the things you are accusing them for
    what will you do when in life someone falsely accuses you?
    that is so wrong to assume they are all bad people
    with your way of thought niceness should be banned, cause some murderer may have been nice once in their life, how stupid

  3. Who cares what kind of lubricant pedophile priests used to commit their depraved acts of perversion upon children?

    Your misuse of the word “vile” is quite Freudian.

  4. Cannabis use was much more important than it is today by common people

    Today, we have half of society pretending that a life with cannabis is no life at all, and the other half know that a life with out cannabis is no life at all, and we each have the right to live out our lives in peace, why the ridicule

  5. Well, I can show proof they used it in the incense burners in church
    They are going to use marijuana in church July 1st too in indianapolis
    I get dibs on he first toke:-)

  6. it isn’t written that he smoked it, although they used it in incense in the churches and that the smoke of the incense put all in a more of a spiritual mood for their sermon, but i read they used 9 pounds of the stuff to make up a batch of the oil that healed people

  7. What you consider reality, i would consider irresponsible
    my health is my wealth, and the enhancement of my life through the wonderful plant i am truly thankful for:-)

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