This week, the state opened its second recreational marijuana dispensary in the city, which coincides with the launch of the educational campaign in Times Square. You may gaze in any direction in Times Square and see something different. The back streets are designated as smoking areas, and indoor smoking is permissible (legally speaking, that is, as different buildings have different rules that may prohibit smoking). It’s easy to find your way around the park-like Father Duffy Square. The mayor’s press conference with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and the city’s top lawyer was cut short by the overwhelming odour of marijuana use in Times Square. “A recent law is obviously being broken right now, as I detect the distinct aroma of marijuana.
You may gaze in any direction in Times Square and see something different. Cigarette smoking is one of the most widespread.
But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice the brand new signs that state, “Smoking is not permitted in this area.”
Tom Harris, president of the Times Square Alliance, said, “We received a lot of complaints about people smoking in the public space, both cigarettes and marijuana.” We wanted to put restrictions in place so that people knew the plazas and parks weren’t a free-for-all.
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