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420 with CNW — D.C. Woman Wins Case Against Neighbor’s Marijuana Smoke

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A judge in Washington, D.C., has issued a ruling requiring a man to cease smoking medical marijuana in his apartment because of complaints from a neighbor about the intrusive odor. Judge Ebony Scott determined that Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd had not proven her entitlement to damages but successfully argued that the smell constituted a private nuisance.

Consequently, Scott ordered Thomas Cackett, who is licensed to purchase marijuana but lacks the authorization to disrupt others’ enjoyment of their property, to discontinue his smoking habit. Additionally, Cackett is prohibited from smoking within a 25-foot radius of Ippolito-Shepherd’s residence.

This groundbreaking decision is expected to set a precedent that may result in further legal action. Ippolito-Shepherd expressed her belief that the ruling is a victory for individuals such as her who have lodged complaints about the smell of marijuana, which has been permitted in various forms in most states.

During the January trial, the 76-year-old asserted that she has experienced health issues, including sleep difficulties, since detecting the scent of marijuana in her Cleveland Park home. Ippolito-Shepherd accused Angella Farserotu, the owner of the adjacent property, of enabling Cackett, a tenant in a ground-level accessory apartment, to smoke without facing consequences. Farserotu and Cackett countered by stating that they bear no legal responsibility for Ippolito-Shepherd’s ailments.

This ruling arrives at a time when concerns surrounding the odor of marijuana have emerged alongside the flourishing cannabis industry. Operating within a legal gray area where marijuana remains illegal at the federal level but is sanctioned by individual states, users, sellers and growers have approached this new frontier cautiously. The legal ramifications associated with the smell have now become an additional concern.

During the court proceedings, Cackett testified that smoking medical marijuana alleviates his pain and aids his sleep following physically demanding shifts as a restaurant manager. He refuted the plaintiff’s claims of smoking continuously throughout the day and night, stating that he typically consumes eight to twelve puffs at night after work, usually outdoors if weather conditions permit.

According to public health experts, passive marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing toxins found in passive tobacco smoke. However, the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug has hindered long-term studies on its effects and passive smoking.

Advocates for marijuana legalization have expressed concerns that restrictions on smoking locations could limit individuals access to the drug for medical or recreational purposes. Due to marijuana’s federal legal status, federal disability protections do not extend to medical cannabis patients. As complaints related to the now-legal drug’s odor increase, certain cities in California have contemplated banning smoking in multiunit housing. While alternative methods of marijuana consumption exist, such as ingestion or vaping, smoking remains the most prevalent approach.

Some proponents of legalized cannabis sympathize with the notion that marijuana smoke can be bothersome and generally agree that responsible consumption entails being considerate of neighbors and surroundings. They argue that expanding and regulating designated public spaces for cannabis use, similar to the regulations applied to tobacco, would offer the best solution.

This lawsuit illustrates some of the challenges that people who use cannabis for medical reasons face, and one may be compelled to think that the efforts of enterprises such as IGC Pharma Inc. (NYSE American: IGC) to come up with pharmaceutical-grade formulations from THC could help patients wishing to benefit from the therapeutic potential of marijuana without facing the wrath of neighbors who aren’t comfortable with the smell of marijuana smoke.

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to IGC Pharma Inc. (NYSE American: IGC) are available in the company’s newsroom at https://cnw.fm/IGC

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