The City Council failed to put on the books Tuesday night new regulations that would have snuffed out smoking—medical marijuana included—in all newly-constructed apartments and condos in Santa Monica. The rules, which would have also required tenants in existing units to tell their landlords if they smoke, were approved two weeks ago on a 4-2 vote.
But the ordinance required a second vote before becoming law, and in what Mayor Richard Bloom called a “very unusual move,” the ordinance failed on its second pass.
“What we’re simply doing is giving more thought to this,” said City Councilwoman Gleam Davis, who was absent from the previous meeting.
Bloom and City Councilman Terry O’Day supported the rules July 10, but changed course Tuesday, saying they now believe the council needs to better assess how the smoking ordinance would affect medicinal marijuana users and landlords.
Sounds like they’re just worried that pot smokers might get the Big Yellow S painted on their doors too.
Councilman Bob Holbrook said he would not be deterred in his support for the regulations after receiving emails from longtime residents referring to him as a “Nazi” and “Hitler.”
No, of course not. But this story has gone round the world, and it looks like Santa Monica council has noticed, and beaten a temporary retreat.
Still in California, there doesn’t seem to be any news of the partial recount of Proposition 29 announced 10 days ago. Prop 29 remains a divisive issue in California’s Bay Area.