Smelly marijuana? Medford officials consider fines for pot odors

Smelly marijuana? Medford officials consider fines for pot odors

Medford city leaders are considering an ordinance that would require people growing cannabis at home to contain the smell or face a fine of up to $ 250 a day.

Damian Mann, staff writer for the Mail Tribune, reports that the draft ordinance would also require fencing and a locking mechanism to keep out thieves. Residents would face fines if the plants grew beyond the height of the fence. And anyone building a fence would have to get a city permit first.

The ordinance targets people growing cannabis under the state’s new marijuana law, which allows households to have up to four mature plants.

Mann reports that the ALCU has concerns about the ordinance. 

David Fidanque, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which helped draft Measure 91, said cities have to be careful not to draft ordinances that attempt to undermine marijuana legalization.

“They shouldn’t try to do through the back door what they couldn’t do through the front door,” Fidanque said.

Fidanque said cities should consider “what’s reasonable” when drafting restrictions on time, place and manner of growing cannabis.

Fidanque told the Mail Tribune: “Why is the aroma of marijuana more offensive than garbage?”

— Noelle Crombie

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