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Non-smoking areas in Branson, Mo. now include marijuana; city leaders address issue

People who smoke marijuana in non-smoking areas could face up an up to $500 fine or up to 90 days in jail.
The Branson Board of Aldermen said “yes” to an amendment to the city’s smoking ordinance that...
The Branson Board of Aldermen said “yes” to an amendment to the city’s smoking ordinance that prohibits marijuana smoking anywhere nicotine smoking is not allowed.(ky3)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 3:21 PM CDT
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BRANSON, Mo. (KY3) - The Branson Board of Aldermen said “yes” to an amendment to the city’s smoking ordinance that prohibits marijuana smoking anywhere nicotine smoking is not allowed.

Leaders of the hotel industry, including Gail Myer with Myer Hotels, say the new rule will help prevent people from smoking marijuana in non-smoking rooms.

“Marijuana and nicotine are two very different things as far as turning a room back into something that’s acceptable to all people,” Myer said.

Assistant Police Chief Eric Schmitt says while it may seem like an obvious rule, without the amendment in writing, some people could see the previous wording in the ordinance as a loophole.

“I come from Colorado and I will tell you my experience there is if we didn’t prohibit it, then somebody tried it,” Assistant Chief Schmitt said.

People who smoke marijuana in non-smoking areas could face up an up to $500 fine or up to 90 days in jail.

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