The City of Duluth passed its marijuana ordinance, making it illegal to smoke in certain places in the city

Recreational use of marijuana has been legal in the state of Minnesota for a little over 13 days. In Duluth, city council members are looking at ways to help keep the community safe.

The marijuana ordinance will make it illegal to smoke cannabis at all public parks, anywhere within 100 feet of a medical facility, inside any Duluth Transit Authority, and 15 feet from the nearest point of any DTA transit shelter.

On Monday night, during the council’s meeting, the ordinance passed an 8 to 1 vote. Council Member Arik Forseman shared this statement with WDIO. “Tonight the Duluth City Council passed the ordinance restricting marijuana smoking to the same extent as tobacco smoking in the city of Duluth. All types of smoking will now also be restricted in any Duluth park. This is a common sense measure to balance and protect the rights of all Duluthians to enjoy our parks and public spaces as we adjust to the legalization of marijuana-like cities across Minnesota.”

If you are caught violating the law, there will be a $25 fee for a first-time violation, $50 for the second, then $75 for a third failure to comply with the law.

The smoking ban includes also includes cannabis ingestion in the form of vaping, edibles, e-cigarettes, and tobacco.