Great New York State Fair officials said this week that smoking marijuana will be allowed again this year, but only at six designated outdoor smoking areas around the perimeter of the fairgrounds. Parents are calling the move smart and helpful, reports WHAM.
Since New York legalized adult use of Cannabis, the law now allows smoking weed wherever tobacco smoking is permitted.
Last year was the first year smoking marijuana was allowed at the Fair in smoking areas. Officials say the new policy has caused no real issues, reports Spectrum News.
Smoking Not Allowed In Buildings
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation banning smoking in public parks and beaches. The ban includes both tobacco and marijuana. Smoking was already banned in all buildings on the fairgrounds and throughout most other areas.
Mike Caporin of Syracuse said he ”just hopes” the smell of marijuana smoke won’t “ruin his experience” at the fair. We certainly see no reason why it would… any more than the smell of, say, carnival food, or the aroma of the farm exhibit.
“I think if they have designated smoking areas and it’s not going to affect everyone else that’s walking by then that would be OK,” said Caporin.
Six Designated Smoking Areas To Be Finalized
Interim Fair Director Sean Hennessey said he understands concerns about smoking close to children. Hennessey added that security will make sure people follow the rules and stay in designated smoking areas.
“I’m a father of four,” he said. ”I try to be as health conscious as I can. But we want to make sure people with those habits have an ability to take care of those things while at the fairgrounds.” Now, that’s a reasonable man, in our book.
Fair organizers will share the six designated smoking areas on their website once they are finalized.
The Great New York State Fair runs from Wednesday, August 24 through Monday, September 5. Tickets are now on sale.