Sebastopol's anti-smoking law doesn't apply to medical marijuana

Users of medical marijuana have been exempted from a smoking ban that Sebastopol has imposed on apartment dwellers.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an amendment to its July anti-smoking ordinance that removes medical marijuana from the definition of smoking.

The anti-smoking ordinance, aimed at second-hand smoke, requires apartment owners to write no-smoking restrictions into all new leases and imposes a smoking ban on other renters within 14 months.

A similar ban for apartment dwellers has been enacted by Sonoma County supervisors and proposed for Santa Rosa.

Sebastopol already prohibits smoking in work places, bars and restaurants, retail stores and in public areas such as parks.

— Bob Norberg

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