Duluth city councilors to introduce city-wide marijuana ordinance

New plan would ban smoking and vaping of marijuana products in public spaces
Published: Jul. 19, 2023 at 3:27 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2023 at 8:35 AM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (Northern News Now) - A group of three Duluth city councilors are introducing a city-wide ordinance that aims to address public health and safety concerns regarding the recent legalization of recreational marijuana.

Duluth City Councilors Arik Forsman, Roz Randorf, and Terese Tomanek will introduce the measure which if adopted would prohibit smoking or vaping marijuana in any public outdoor spaces, including city parks, streets, sidewalks and parking lots.

“Today we are taking common sense action to maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment for all residents and visitors of Duluth in our outdoor public spaces,” said Forsman, the lead author of the proposed new city law. “This ordinance reflects our commitment to strike a balance between personal freedoms and safeguarding the interests of non-smokers, families, and children from secondhand marijuana smoke.”

Prohibited Areas:

  • Anywhere smoking is prohibited by the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act.
  • Inside any DTA transit shelter.
  • Within 15 feet from the nearest point of any DTA transit shelter that displays at least two signs visible from the exterior of the shelter providing notice of the prohibition, said 15 feet measured in a straight line.
  • Anywhere in Wade Stadium that is open to the public except in areas designated for consumption.
  • Within 100 feet of the nearest property line of a medical facility, prohibition does not include a person inside an enclosed vehicle while in motion on the street or alley.
  • On the Lakewalk, Place Place, or Leif Erikson Park.
  • Within the indoor area of any establishment with a retail tobacco license, including smoking for the purpose of sampling prohibited substances.
  • In Central Hillside Park.

To date, it is the first such known ordinance proposed by a city in Minnesota in response to the new law, which goes into effect on August 1st.

Right now, only the smoking of tobacco products in public spaces is regulated by the city.

The full city council is expected to vote on the city-wide ordinance on August 14th.

The Duluth city council says they welcome input over the next few weeks to ensure all voices are heard.

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