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Proposed Denver Marijuana Ordinance Could Make Medicating At Home Illegal

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smell marijuana denver ordinanceA proposed Denver city ordinance geared towards recreational marijuana could affect medical marijuana patients who are medicating in the privacy of their own homes. The ordinance is being introduced at a committee meeting tomorrow. The ordinance could end up prohibiting smoking on private property if the odor from consumption could be detected from a neighboring property. I understand that people want to ban public use, but anything done with marijuana in the privacy of one’s home should be perfectly legal (especially consumption).

Creating such a ban would give so much power to marijuana opponents that it would be a disaster for patients and recreational users alike. At any time all a marijuana opponent would have to do is say that they could smell marijuana and call the cops. Enforcement would be a nightmare. How much smell would be too much? What if law enforcement showed up due to a complaint, and the smell was gone, would they still bust the marijuana user? How do you prove that a smell existed in the first place, and for that matter, that it was a smell so strong that it was offensive?

It seems like every scenario would be a judgement call which would create such a headache for everyone involved. I certainly know if I was consuming marijuana in the privacy of my own home, or cultivating in the privacy of my own home, and I was busted for a ‘smell’ I would fight it in court with everything I had. I would demand to know how they would prove I was in the wrong, and how it created a measurable harm to the person complaining.

Why is the ordinance being created to target just marijuana? My friends grew up next to a mushroom plant which stunk up the whole neighborhood like no one could ever imagine. Other friends grew up by an Oregon dairy which stunk to the point it almost made me sick when I would visit. Will we see ordinances pop up banning certain farming and industry activities such as these? How is it any different than a ban on marijuana odor?

“Your activities should not pervade others’ peace and ability to enjoy,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock according to the Denver Post. “Marijuana is one of those elements that can be quite pervasive and invasive. I shouldn’t have to smell your activities from your backyard.”

Really Mayor Hancock? What if I find the backyard BBQ smell coming from your house offensive? Should I be able to call the cops? What if that fertilizer you use on your rosebushes stinks? After all it’s likely to include manure. Should I be able to call law enforcement and have them invade your property because the smell you think is OK is not to my liking? How can someone be harmed from the smell of marijuana? Has there ever been a case in the history of the world where someone experienced a real harm from marijuana odor?

This is a bit of a stretch by marijuana opponents, and highlights just how desperate they are now that they see their failed policies going the way of the dinosaur. If you live in Denver, please contact members of the city council. There’s a complete list provided in the first link of this article.

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  • bubba

    stupid by any other name would still be just as fucked up

  • painkills2

    I had someone tell me once that the smell of cannabis made them nauseated. I think the smell is linked so very closely to the issue of legality, that people think they are smelling a “bad” (like, illegal) smell.

  • Jason

    At our house we have TONS of flowers, bushes, and other shit because we watch too much HGTV. But we also have a crazy deer problem (eating up all of our property value). We use a product called Deer Defense, its an animal URINE based spray that you squirt on your flowers and anything you want the deer or rabbits to stay away from. I think this stuff is part mountain lion urine part bear urine, i really dont know what animal urine is in it, i just know it STINKS TO HIGH HELL, it is putrid to the point where its almost nauseating.
    Now if i were a bitchy neighbor with a bad disposition, i would complain non-stop about how the ppl next door are always spraying that stuff, and how the smell is always coming over to my yard. Do i get to call the police on them for that? which is the exact same circumstance as what the Denver Mayor is asserting. Do vegans get to call the police when their neighbors barbecue meat because the smell is offensive to them?
    NO!! Denver’s mayor is just trying to impede on our civil liberties that we voted for

  • Jason

    At our house we have TONS of flowers, bushes, and other shit because we watch too much HGTV. But we also have a crazy deer problem (eating up all of our property value). We use a product called Deer Defense, its an animal URINE based spray that you squirt on your flowers and anything you want the deer or rabbits to stay away from. I think this stuff is part mountain lion urine part bear urine, i really dont know what animal urine is in it, i just know it STINKS TO HIGH HELL, it is putrid to the point where its almost nauseating.
    Now if i were a bitchy neighbor with a bad disposition, i would complain non-stop about how the ppl next door are always spraying that stuff, and how the smell is always coming over to my yard. Do i get to call the police on them for that? which is the exact same circumstance as what the Denver Mayor is asserting. Do vegans get to call the police when their neighbors barbecue meat because the smell is offensive to them?
    NO!! Denver’s mayor is just trying to impede on our civil liberties that we voted for

  • Sarijuana

    This is the time of year when green chili is roasting all over my town. The aroma is fantastic, the smell of fall here. We are lucky to have a grocer in the neighborhood that roasts green chili, and when the wind is just right our home fills up with this aroma and it’s delightful. Some visitors even remark it smells like pot and they love it. Sometimes it even fools me. I’ve never heard it smells bad. I’ve never known a person, weed smoker or not, who thinks weed smells bad either. Makes me wonder if this mayor has ever smelled it.

  • Goofstr

    This problem is not new. Good fences make for better neighbors. But, if you want to get absurd. I am a strict vegan – not really – and the smell of you burning animal flesh is revolting, and the smoke is coming in my yard. So, who gets to call the cops first?

  • David Deloria

    first off it’s a ordinance which would have to be proven beyond reasonable doubt, in a municipal court of law which are corporation courts you are not a corporation you’re people not a corporation

  • jaybird

    Tjis has got to be the most absurd thing I’ve heard in a very long time. For fuck sake if you’re gonna legalize marijuana, do it and quit fighting a losing battle with less than arguable complaints like the smell. 1000’s of things and or people create offensive smells that every person has to deal with on a daily basis. Exhaust from vehicles, your imigrant neighbors ethnic cooking, your grandpas flatulence, your dates breath. Untangle the wad of little girl panties from your excessively tight ass and get off the back of progress

  • painkills2

    I guess you mean no more “lingering” odors. (Unless you swallow the smoke and don’t exhale.)

  • Zippo

    I really enjoy a good smoke, but odors were a problem, untill I found a product caller Air-ReNu. No more odors

  • painkills2

    I tried edibles also and obtained no effect… Welllll, perhaps it is more accurate to say that I did not achieve the same benefits from the edibles as I do from smoking cannabis. But just like I am continuously trying new strains, I assume that I will again try the edibles. Kinda looking forward to it, actually. I am experimenting with bud, but I can’t afford to experiment that much with the edibles right now.

    It was the same type of process with prescription medications, trying some, then others, adjusting dosages… it’s just a whole helluva lot more pleasant working with the bud. :)

  • painkills2

    When I read Mr. O’Connor’s post, I thought he was being clever, you know, like… Uh, dude, watch out… you’re gonna hit that pole behind us… BANG. Too late. Ummm, I think you missed your parking spot by about just a tad…

  • Choom Gang

    Second hand cannabis smoke is objectively less harmful than tobacco smoke. And once you have tried ganja, the smoke smells soooo much better than tobacco. Maybe if the neighbor complains, you could invite them over for a toke or two.
    But this is silly, they can’t treat this differently than tobacco, can they?

  • Dav Leeder

    to you maybe, but someof us don’t get the same affect as others seem to get. I’m almost certain that eating marijuana does almost nothing to me. though it does taste good it doesn’t affect me that I can tell.

  • Oldtimemoonshine

    or maybe he needs more? Who the fek are you?

  • painkills2

    We can strive to be “responsible” patients and consumers, and encourage others to do likewise. Our example will prove that there is nothing to fear. If my neighbor knocks on my door to complain about the smell, I will discuss it with her and try to reach a compromise. After all, I would hope she would do the same for me.

    I don’t think the movement would have come as far as it has if most cannabis consumers were irresponsible (or offensive). (However, politics seems to thrive on the offensive.) If I lived next to Mayor Hancock I would probably give him some choices… Would you rather have me start a nudist website and encourage my brethren to visit me often, or the cannabis smell? Would you rather I invite my biker friends over every weekend for a barbeque, or the cannabis smell? Would you rather… It is hard for me to come up with “would you rathers” because I have no idea how people like Mayor Hancock live. But I would guess that they are more concerned with appearances than smells. An Achilles heel, to be sure.

    Good Luck Denver! We’re rooting for ya! Don’t you know you’re one of our heroes?

  • painkills2

    Is your boy/girlfriend’s name “canibas”?

  • Lt. Fred O’Connor

    It’s “cannabis” and maybe you should slow your intake a tad. Just my .02

  • Tbone

    Cigars stink too ! But ever damn where I go there some old fat bastard stoking one !…….

  • Dr.B

    Total crock of shit.

  • Alex

    This is a crock of shit.

  • moses

    The best way to enjoy canibas is to eat it