With approval from 56 percent of its voters last November, the state of Oregon will allow legal recreational use of marijuana in July 2015. That’s not stopping the city of Pendleton from attempting to interfere with that new right, however.
While weed will be legal across the state, its scent won’t be – at least not in this city of 16,000 in the northeast part of Oregon. That’s due to new modifications to Pendleton’s nuisance laws, which make the scent of marijuana punishable by a $500 fine. City Robb Corbett told local NBC affiliate KNBO:
It gives us some tools to be able to force people to figure out a different way to legally process their marijuana.
Corbett might need to figure out a different way to force folks to figure out a different way, however. Like Pendleton resident Peter Walters described in a May 22 letter to the editor in The East Oregonian:
Now that this important work has been completed I hope that the council will move on to restricting the other offensive smell that plagues our community: farts.
Walters’ letter is of sarcastic intent, of course, but with a truthful flair that resembles Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal.
While farting may be legal in Oregon, many (including myself) are offended by the flatulent stench. Too often, homeowners and businesses fail to contain farts to their property, forcing the rest of us to put up with the smell. Some habitual farters argue that they need to fart for medical reasons but that doesn’t mean my kids should have to smell their farts. The city council should stop looking the other way and pretending not to notice.
He closes with an appropriate ultimatum:
But unless our elected officials add farts to Pendleton’s nuisance code, it’s as if he who smelt it, dealt it. I call on our city council to set aside all other work and address this problem.
Walters’ letter yielded dozens of supportive comments, but may still need additional support. Last year, voters in Pendleton’s Umatilla County weren’t as favorable of Measure 91, which initially proposed legalization, as other Oregonians were, getting only 37-percent approval from its residents.
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