The Claremore City Council voted Monday to approve two of five proposed city ordinances and resolutions related to marijuana.
The first ordinance amended portions of Chapter 133 “Offenses Against Public Morals” of the Claremore Code of Ordinances regarding prohibited possession, use or delivery of drug paraphernalia.
City Planner Jill Ferenc said that the amendments clarify that the city cannot prosecute legal use of marijuana.
“It really just cleans up our ordinance so that it mirrors state law as far as prosecution drug paraphernalia,” Ferenc said.
The punishments for illegal use and possession will remain as outlined in city ordinances, with the issuance of a ticket and a fine of more than $250 in addition to state penalties.
The second ordinance amended an ordinance which said “the possession of lighted tobacco in any form is a public nuisance and dangerous to public health and is hereby prohibited when such possession is in any indoor or outdoor areas owned or operated by the city.”
The new code specifies “lighted tobacco or marijuana”.
“Basically, if you are a marijuana card holder, you could have that license with you and be able to carry marijuana with you, you just wouldn’t be able to have it in a lighted form, so you wouldn’t see someone smoking it in public,” Ferenc said.
Ward 2 Councilor Brian Callender said “I agree with every bit of that except for the part where it says ‘dangerous to public health.’”
“Tobacco obviously is, but marijuana has many medicinal purposes,” he said.
Ferenc clarified that the purpose was primarily the public nuisance aspect of the smoke fumes.
“If you needed to use it medicinally you could use other consumption methods, just not ones where there is smoke involved,” she said.
Seven related agenda items on the ballot were unanimously stricken without discussion. Two were ordinances, one was as a resolution and four were declarations for immediate implementation of the ordinances as a matter of public welfare. After the meeting Thomas said that the councilors wanted to wait for the state to settle its rules on the issue before the city passed any more ordinances.