Anchorage Assembly chair wants to treat marijuana smoke like tobacco smoke

Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini is proposing to treat marijuana smoke like tobacco smoke when it comes to public facilities, workplaces and schools.

A measure that Traini plans to introduce next week at the Assembly meeting would incorporate marijuana and marijuana products into the city’s secondhand smoking law. That means smoking marijuana would not be allowed in public places, workplaces, child care centers, outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters and municipal facilities, including schools.

People also would not be allowed to smoke within 5 feet of the entrance to a place licensed to serve alcohol, or within 50 feet of a hospital or medical clinic entrance.

“If things go the way they are now, you could not smoke tobacco within 5 feet of a building, but you could smoke marijuana there,” Traini said. “We want to treat smoke as smoke.”

A memo submitted to the Assembly cites uncertainty about the health impacts of secondhand marijuana smoke....

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