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Consumers have been forced underground with the herb all their lives and now that it is finally being recognized as a legal substance, they refuse to keep hiding.
It’s getting to the point where it is almost impossible to be anywhere in the United States and not catch a whiff of marijuana coming from somewhere at some point. More than half the nation has legalized the leaf for medicinal and recreational use.
Even though cannabis users aren’t supposed to smoke the stuff in public, the odors seem to be out there, invading everyone’s olfactory senses, regardless of whether they like it or not. For some folks, the scent of marijuana wafting through the air is not a problem. But the smell can get others noticeably offended.
And it’s not just the old-time conservatives well-adjusted to the ways of pot prohibition taking a stand. Younger people are among those who think marijuana odors in this country are out of control.
In a recent tweet, Kevin Sabat, PhD, President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and author of the book Smokescreen: What The Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know, shared a message he received from a 23-year-old Los Angeles, California resident concerned about the invasiveness of marijuana odors.
“I have awful allergic reactions to the secondhand smoke, and it used to be bearable, but since legalization, you literally can’t walk 2 blocks without smelling it in the air,” the message reads. “Even at my house, I live on top of a hill, and the neighbor at the bottom of the hill, 2 houses away, smokes so much it wafts upward to my backyard. Can’t even enjoy a breazy [sic] day in backyard anymore. I’ve since moved part-time to TN, which has been better, but fear they are trending in the same direction as CA.”
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