Senate Bill S7604

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Prohibits the public use of cannabis, unless approved by the applicable local government

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Investigations And Government Operations Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S7604 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7612
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Cannabis

2023-S7604 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits the use of cannabis in public places, unless approved by the applicable local government.

2023-S7604 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S7604 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7604
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               July 19, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. BORRELLO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 
 AN ACT prohibiting the public use of cannabis, unless  approved  by  the
   applicable local government
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature finds that cannabis has
 been legalized for personal use in New York state. Smoking  cannabis  in
 public  places  can  be disruptive and harmful to non-smokers. Fines for
 smoking tobacco in public places have been effective in reducing  public
 smoking  rates  and fines for smoking cannabis in public places can help
 enforce public health and safety regulations while reducing  the  burden
 on law enforcement agencies.
   § 2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, smok-
 ing  or using cannabis in any public place, including but not limited to
 streets, sidewalks, parks, and outdoor patios of restaurants  and  bars,
 shall  be  prohibited,  unless  designated for cannabis use by the local
 government.
   § 3. Any person found to be in violation of the provisions of  section
 two  of  this  act shall be subject to a fine of one hundred twenty-five
 dollars, to  be  paid  to  the  local  government  where  the  violation
 occurred, within thirty days of receiving such violation.
   §  4.  The  cannabis  control board, in conjunction with local govern-
 ments, shall establish regulations and guidelines for the implementation
 and enforcement of this act, including but not limited to the definition
 of a public place and the designation of areas for cannabis use.
   § 5. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD11419-01-3



              

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RSK1968
9 months ago

While I do not indulge in this activity myself, I have witnessed first hand how selective enforcement works, particularly as regards people of color. Cigarette smoke is just as objectionable, if not more so. While I wouldn't be in support of banning all public smoking, at least that would be "fair," which I believe was the intent of making smoking pot equivalent to smoking tobacco in public in the first place.

Anonymous
8 months ago

It has gotten to the point when I have to make regular hospital visits because my child is exposed to second hand smoke on a daily basis to school. A person’s personal choice is their choice, however it stop being personal when the health of others comes into account. We can’t even enjoy open spaces because of the smoker, and it’s not the cigarette smokers! Even wearing masks doesn’t help. I have family that have lung issues without smoking because of my neighbors too! Keep the smoke to yourself in a place where my health isn’t affected. And in nyc the smoke inside the buses too and no one kicks them out. It’s gotten to the point that even private cars have the stench. And I can name a handful of public school where minors under the age of 14 smoke and vape as well.

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