Councilor wants marijuana banned from parks, fines increased

Credit: istockphoto
Credit: istockphoto

A Boston city councilor is aiming to ban marijuana smoking in parks and wants to increase the civil penalty for possessing small amounts of the drug. 

At Wednesday’s meeting, Councilor Bill Linehan filed a proposed ordinance “regarding the public consumption of marijuana.”

“The public consumption of marijuana is a public safety issue in the City of Boston, in particular the Boston Common and other city parks,” Linehan wrote in the filing.

Linehan, a councilor from South Boston, proposed to ban the smoking of marijuana in Boston Common or any other park or playground under the control or owned by the city.

In a phone interview, Linehan said the proposal aims to target areas where he has received complaints from constituents, and that it does not includes streets or other public areas.

“It’s similar to how we manage alcohol consumption in public areas,” he said, adding that he’s visited parks with his grandkids and could smell pot. “The idea is not to try and further criminalize the use of marijuana. It’s actually to manage public spaces. … It gives police a chance at enforcing the consumption of marijuana in public parks and spaces.”

What’s more, Linehan wants to allow police to issue a $300 citation for possessing marijuana. The current civil penalty is $100.

In 2008, state voters approved a ballot measure to decriminalize possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Since then, scores of other cities and towns have passed similar measures that add the $300 penalty and ban smoking the drug in public places.

The proposal was referred to a council committee that will hold a hearing or hearings on the issue before recommending changes and possible approval by the entire council.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Breaking: Local

Judge rules Tsarnaev can view victim autopsy photos

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can view the autopsy photographs of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Local

Police warn of attempted assault on woman near…

Police in Cambridge issued an alert after a woman said she was the victim of an attempted sexual assault after leaving Porter Square early Wednesday.…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

NBA

Celtics turn attention to NBA Draft, improve lottery…

Celtics turn attention to NBA Draft, improve lottery odds with loss

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers…

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers and Braves right behind

MLB

Injury bug tearing holes in Red Sox

Red Sox fans will recall that last year the bullpen was decimated by injuries. From Franklin Morales to Andrew Miller, from Craig Breslow to Andrew…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.