Pot-Smoking Ban Drafted for Edgartown

Medical marijuana will be illegal in public places where tobacco is allowed, under a proposed town meeting article in Edgartown; selectmen in Oak Bluffs as well as Edgartown are looking to put medical pot shops on hold.

Medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but using it in public parts of Edgartown might soon be the prescription for a $300 fine.

Edgartown selectmen Tuesday approved draft language for two medical marijuana articles to be placed on the 2013 special town meeting warrant.

The first article stipulates that nobody may smoke, or in any other way ingest, marijuana or its active ingredient tetrahydrocanabinol while "in or upon" any

  • street
  • sidewalk
  • public way
  • footway
  • passageway
  • stairs
  • bridge
  • park
  • playground
  • beach
  • recreation area
  • boat landing
  • public building
  • schoolhouse
  • school grounds
  • cemetery
  • parking lot
  • any area owned by or under the control of the Town
  • in or upon any bus or other passenger conveyance operated by a common carrier
  • in any place accessible to the public.

This proposed marijuana by-law carries a $300 civil fine for infractions.

The second Edgartown article proposes a zoning amendment imposing a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities until 2014.

Oak Bluffs selectmen last week backed a similar temporary moratorium, according to the Vineyard Gazette.

Officials in both towns say they want to see what regulations state legislators decide to impose, before writing up new local laws on medical pot dispensaries.

Do you support the proposed bans on smoking and distribution of medical marijuana? Let us know in the comments or, if you'd rather keep your identity confidential, email Louisa

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Dana Knowlton February 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Smoking anything on public property should be illegal; but the selectmen and any opponents are missing the point. The intention of the legalization of the drug is for medical purposes, not recreational use. If a person needs to medicate, allow the individual to eat or drink it anywhere/anytime. The law was passed; support it for those in need.
Aron Levy February 20, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Smoking anything on public property should be illegal? Wow. I'm a conscientious cigar smoker- I always ask anyone around me if they mind before I light. But what you're suggesting is just a LITTLE too authoritarian for my tastes. If you dislike the smell of cigar smoke, simply walk away.
Cheryl Burns February 20, 2013 at 03:10 PM
The healing properties of cannabis are found in the raw plant and its unheated, undried derivatives. In its raw form, its use does not make anyone high. So, yes, ban the sale and use of dried cannabis, more commonly called marijuana, if you must, but please allow those in need a safe, effective treatment without the side effects of radiation and chemo. There is much documentation on the health benefits of raw cannabis.
Martha Magee February 20, 2013 at 03:38 PM
One toke over the line, Sweet Jesus!
steve auerbach February 20, 2013 at 04:15 PM
So, Cheryl and Dana, am I to gather from you comments that the medical form of cannabis will be ingested in forms other than smoking? What forms might those be? And if that is the case, then will the smoking of "pot" in public be a non-issue because the medical forms of cannabis will not be sold/available as smokable?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 09:03 PM
The ban, as it's currently drafted, prohibits ingesting, by any means, marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol on public property. So you shouldn't fire up your vaporizer or break out the Alice B Toklas brownies either.
Kevin_Hunt February 21, 2013 at 03:19 AM
It looks like the citizens of Edgartown will be allowed to grow at home, since there won't be any dispensaries allowed. Good thing that Measure 3 had a hardship clause for home grows.
Martha Magee February 21, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Alice B Tokeless Brownies! ;-D
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Further proof I'm a hopelessly square English major, Martha: I spelled it Toklas. So much for my street cred!
Martha Magee February 21, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Well, I couldn't resist! Cred schmed, you spelled it right. Just goofin'! Another English Major
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Ha, Martha! When my "stuff" returns from Cali I will scan for you the "Alice B Tokeless Brownies" recipe my teenage friends and I oh-so-daringly published in our high school magazine in the mid-70s. Some years later I learned from a practitioner that our recipe was ridiculously impractical. And after that I guess I .. forgot?
Martha Magee February 21, 2013 at 06:25 AM
Oh, how funnee. "stuff ??????....you got "Stuff"??? Love, Cheech and Chong ;-P
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 06:40 AM
Now I have "Low Rider" stuck in my head for a lullaby. Not complaining, just observing.
Martha Magee February 21, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Aron Levy February 22, 2013 at 02:28 PM
'I'm your pusher man...' ;D
Martha Magee February 22, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Ijt seems to me there is still quite a lot of fear around Cannibis and even medical marijuana. (Hence the half baked brownies;-)) Even in California! It never should have been classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the firstplace as it was in 1970. It seems to me that ought to be revisited.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Yes, I have heard there was a lot of junk science and misinformation provided as evidence to prove it was a dangerous drug. Some time it would be interesting to delve into that history, but I have to keep focused on MV! So, this comment came in by email and I _think_ it relates to the pot smoking ban: "I would be interested if the same laws will apply to liquor consumption in light of two new liquor stores to be opened in Edgartown?"
Martha Magee February 23, 2013 at 05:13 AM
A double standard, to be sure. "Le plus ca change, le plus c'est la meme chose.." " AND NOWWW BACK TO OUR REGULAR PROGRAMMING.............."
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM
I think the double standard here is for tobacco _because_ of liquor. Apparently, officials are concerned that if they prohibit tobacco smoking the way they are considering for marijuana, it would cause problems with bar patrons.
Martha Magee February 23, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Well, all I know is ever since you mentioned that " Lowrider " song, I can't get it out of my head! And everytime it makes me smile and get that silly goofy 70's L.A. feeling, and that makes me really happy! So thanks, Louisa!
Ken Esq March 18, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Ahh...because you're entitled to pollute any public area you wish?


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