BEND, OR -- A candidate for Bend City Council admits to frequently disregarding Oregon’s recreational marijuana laws.
Ron Boozell, who is running for Position One, spoke at this week’s Council meeting. He complained about how he was recently kicked out of Drake Park for smoking marijuana. "We have a 'don’t ask, don’t tell' Oregon law. Basically, it says you can’t consume or grow marijuana in public view. I gotta tell you, I smoke marijuana at Drake Park almost every day; and I never do it in public view." Actually, Measure 91 states pot can only be used on private property. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates recreational pot, says consuming marijuana in public places, including parks, is prohibited.
He also told Councilors he doesn’t plan to change his habit, despite being excluded from Drake Park. "I’ve spoken in public about exclusion zones; I don’t respect them, I will not admit we have them, I will continue to disrespect every exclusion zone in this city until they don’t exist. Thank you."
Boozell is scheduled to debate his opponent, businessman Justin Livingston
, at a League of Women Voters
forum, Monday evening. That event begins at 5:15 at the Deschutes County Admin Building. Click HERE