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420 with CNW — Marijuana Smell Sparks Smoking-in-Public Debate

As more states have legalized recreational cannabis use for adults aged 21 year and older, a debate on public consumption and marijuana’s distinct smell has grown increasingly fierce. Most, if not all states with recreational and medical cannabis programs have outlawed public consumption and require that eligible adults consume and cultivate cannabis in private residences away from the public eye.

However, marijuana smoke is a strong, pungent scent that can travel, especially when cannabis users are living in close quarters with other people, such as in apartments. This means that individuals abiding by state law and consuming cannabis in private often expose nonusers to smoke, albeit unintentionally, raising questions about where cannabis users could legally consume marijuana without affecting others.

Duluth, Minnesota, resident Carl Sack has taken a unique approach to cannabis smoke in public. Although Sack himself does not consume cannabis and actively states that he hates running into clouds of cannabis smoke in his neighborhood, he opposes local administrative efforts to outlaw public cannabis consumption. He is part of a group of residents who are calling on the Duluth City Council to reject a proposed measure that would ban consuming cannabis in the city’s parks.

Unlike other state cannabis measures, Minnesota’s recreational cannabis law did not ban public marijuana consumption outright, meaning per existing state laws, adults could smoke cannabis in most public outdoor places unless local governments specifically banned cannabis consumption.

Adults in New York can also smoke cannabis wherever tobacco is allowed if local governments allow it because the state treats cannabis as it does tobacco. However, users in other states have to smoke in private. In addition, state bans on public marijuana consumption are preventing states from taking advantage of a key demographic that could significantly improve their profits: cannabis tourists.

Some states are circumventing public consumption bans by legalizing cannabis consumption lounges, establishments that would provide a space for adults to consume cannabis “in public” without subjecting nonsmokers to pot smoke. On top of providing residents with a place to consume cannabis outside their houses legally, these establishments could allow states to tap into the cannabis tourism segment.

National Cannabis Industry Association chief executive officer Aaron Smith says that each state is approaching the issue of public consumption differently. He added that regulators should provide consumers with a legal way of consuming legal cannabis. Policymakers often talk about public safety during discussions regarding public marijuana consumption, stating that the public and especially children should not be exposed to marijuana’s pungent odor.

The specific ways that different jurisdictions adopt to address the issue of public smoking could impact various businesses that specialize in supplying indoor cultivation equipment, such as Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX). For example, if a proactive approach is taken and consumption lounges are permitted, more tourists or visitors can buy marijuana, which would in turn create additional demand for cultivators.

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX) are available in the company’s newsroom at https://cnw.fm/ACTX

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