Pursuant to Section 3.15 of the City Charter, notice is hereby given of the Final Adoption of the following Ordinance.
Complete copy of the Ordinance is available for public review at the City Clerk’s Office and the Cranston Central Library.
Acting City Clerk
ORDINANCE 2022-35 CREATION OF CHAPTER 46 OF TITLE 8 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “HEALTH & SAFETY - CONSUMPTION OF MARIJUANA IN PUBLIC PLACES, ETC.”
*As amended in Committee 10/13/2022
October 24, 2022
October 25, 2022
It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Cranston as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 46 is hereby created by adding the following to Title 8 – “Health and Safety” of the City Code:
8.46 – Consumption of Marijuana in Public Places, Etc.
(1) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings: Public Place. Any place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access and/or view. A “public place” includes, but shall not be limited to, any public street or right-of-way of the City of Cranston, and associated sidewalks, walkways, alley and alleyways, parking lots, buildings and grounds associated with those buildings that are open to the public, and those portions of apartment houses, apartment buildings and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for *actual private residences.
(2) For purposes of this section, all parks, athletic facilities, recreational facilities and conservation areas owned by the City of Cranston shall also constitute public places.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to consume marijuana, whether by smoking vaping, or any other method, in a public place as set forth in section (a)(1).
(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to consume marijuana, whether by smoking, vaping, or any other method, while operating, or occupying a motor vehicle as a passenger, on a public roadway.
*(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to possess an unsealed container of marijuana or marijuana products in the passenger area of any motor vehicle on a public roadway.
*(d) (e) Enforcement.
(1) Any person who violates the provisions of this Chapter may be fined $100 for the first offense, up to $250 for a second offense, and up to $500 for a third offense.
Section 2. This Ordinance shall take effect upon its final adoption.
Sponsored by Councilman Reilly
Co-sponsored by Councilman Campopiano and Council President Paplauskas and Councilwomen Renzulli and Marino