City bans pot use in public

DOWNEY - The City Council unanimously agreed last week to amend the Downey Municipal Code to prohibit the use of controlled substances, including marijuana, in public places.The new ordinance specifically makes it illegal to carry marijuana or marijuana pipes while in a public place, even if legally obtained for medicinal purposes. Capt. Carl Charles of the Downey Police Department said the ordinance will aid officers who encounter residents smoking medical marijuana in public areas, often in parks and schools. "It's not a huge problem, but it's something that we do see and want to take care of," Charles said.

********** Published: June 23, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 10