San Fran bans smoking cigarettes inside apartments but lighting up a joint still allowed

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In the city of San Francisco, the liberal overseers running the city have decided that smoking will no longer be allowed inside apartments, however, weed heads can rest assured that they can still get stoned.

The justification being that it’s illegal to smoke marijuana in public places. Seriously.


Concerned about second hand smoke, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 Tuesday to approve an ordinance that bans smoking any tobacco products in an apartment —  making San Francisco the largest city in America to do so, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

President Norman Yee wrote the ordinance in support of the right to breathe clean air — unless someone wants to get high.

“One should not have to live in a single family home to be able to breathe clean air,” Yee said. “That right should exist for every single person and family, regardless of where they live or what their income is.”

The ordinance originally included marijuana, but the Chronicle said that “cannabis activists became “infuriated” because the law would take away the only legal place to smoke.

The board voted 8-3 to exclude pot, with Yee being one of three to oppose the move.

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who wrote the amendment, explained that residents can’t step to the curb to get high.

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“Unlike tobacco smokers, who could still leave their apartments to step out to the curb or smoke in other permitted outdoor smoking areas, cannabis users would have no such legal alternatives,” Mandelman said, according to the paper.

The ordinance must pass a second vote next week, which is all but a given, and then be signed by the mayor.

More from the Chronicle:

Smoking cigarettes and cannabis is banned in common spaces such as stairwells and hallways, and many landlords ban tenants from smoking inside all together. The new law takes it a step further by making it illegal for anyone living in a multi-unit building — including private apartment buildings, low-income buildings called Single Room Occupancy hotels, and condominiums — from smoking indoors.

San Francisco now joins 63 California cities — including Alameda, Berkeley, Santa Clara and Santa Rosa — and counties with such a ban.


Enforcement will fall on the San Francisco Department of Public Health, who must first “educate” violators and help them quit smoking before potentially levying a fine of $1,000 a day for repeat offenders.

Typical of Democrat-run cities, residents can’t be evicted for a violation.

Here’s a quick sampling of some of the dope responses to the story from Twitter:


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