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#MUNICIPAL GUIDANCE: Lowell

It’s something we have to be aware of,” Conway said Tuesday before voting for it.

“It will be good for the city and good for the citizens,” he added.

Under state law, marijuana use in public is not legal. This ordinance could lead to stricter penalties to deter use, councilors say.

City Solicitor Christine O’Connor has said this ordinance is intended to mirror prohibitions regarding drinking alcohol in public.

“Prohibiting the consumption of marijuana in public will promote good order and decorum in the streets and public spaces of the City of Lowell,” the proposed ordinance reads.

Marijuana in public will promote the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and neighborhoods of the City of Lowell,” the ordinance continues.

Under the proposed ordinance, a “public place” includes streets, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, plazas, bridges and more.

There was a section that would have banned smoking marijuana in one’s front yard, back yard and driveway, but the City Council removed that language.

City Councilor Rita Mercier had argued that someone can have a beer in their yard.

“I can understand downtown walking along the sidewalk, but I have a problem with them not being able to smoke in their yard,” she said. “They pay property taxes.”It’s something we have to be aware of,” Conway said Tuesday before voting for it.

“It will be good for the city and good for the citizens,” he added.

Under state law, marijuana use in public is not legal. This ordinance could lead to stricter penalties to deter use, councilors say.

City Solicitor Christine O’Connor has said this ordinance is intended to mirror prohibitions regarding drinking alcohol in public.

“Prohibiting the consumption of marijuana in public will promote good order and decorum in the streets and public spaces of the City of Lowell,” the proposed ordinance reads.

“Prohibiting the consumption of marijuana in public will promote the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and neighborhoods of the City of Lowell,” the ordinance continues.

Under the proposed ordinance, a “public place” includes streets, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, plazas, bridges and more.

There was a section that would have banned smoking marijuana in one’s front yard, back yard and driveway, but the City Council removed that language.

City Councilor Rita Mercier had argued that someone can have a beer in their yard.

“I can understand downtown walking along the sidewalk, but I have a problem with them not being able to smoke in their yard,” she said. “They pay property taxes.”