Smoking marijuana in Lowell could cost you up to $300
If you smoke pot on the sidewalks of Lowell, it’s going to cost you.
Public consumption of marijuana is already illegal in Massachusetts, but Lowell voted to impose stricter penalties intended to be on par with laws regarding drinking alcohol in public, according to the Lowell Sun.
The City Council voted 9-0 in favor of adopting an ordinance that will fine anyone caught smoking in public $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense and $300 for the third offense and for subsequent offenses.
Fox 25 Boston reported that the council also considered banning smoking pot in front and back yards, as well as driveways, but that language failed to gain traction.
The ordinance defines public places as streets, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, plazas, bridges and more.