St. Lawrence County residents can smoke, vape pot anywhere tobacco is allowed, troopers say
Smoking or vaping marijuana is now permitted on public sidewalks and other places where smoking tobacco is allowed.
“Under new NYS Penal Law section 222.10, cannabis can be smoked or vaped anywhere smoking or vaping is not prohibited under NYS Public Health Law,” according to New York State Police Director of Public Information Beau Duffy. “PL 222.10(2) also prohibits cannabis smoking, vaping, or ingestion on school grounds or in a school bus.”People over age 21 can smoke marijuana wherever smoking tobacco is allowed under the Clean Indoor Air Act. Smoking tobacco is prohibited in most workplaces, as well as schools, hospitals, restaurants, bars, and colleges.
The new pot law allows local municipalities to opt out of allowing retail stores, but they cannot opt out of allowing people to smoke pot in their counties, cities, towns or villages. However, local leaders can put restrictions on where marijuana can be smoked.
New York State legalized recreational marijuana March 31, becoming the 15th state to do so.