Letter to the editor: The smell of pot pervades Portland

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In the September 12 Telegram article on the smells of Portland (“A History of the Evolving Place Odors of Portland,” page A1), editor Ray Routhier talks about the various smells that have been noted in our history. city.

One particular smell that Mr. Routhier only mentioned in passing was that of marijuana. He is right in that he has his own characteristic smell. This smell is literally everywhere. Driving, walking or biking in and around the Portland area is a constant feeling. It comes from the stores where it is sold, from the houses of culture, from the houses of the people, on themselves and, most disturbing, of the cars which pass.

It might come as a surprise to people, but not everyone appreciates this particular scent. In fact, I would personally rank it up there with fish processing and sewage. I’m sure we’re not the only ones who find this offensive. You can’t get away from it. In fact, we feel it every day at home!

Our neighbors in the condo next door are long-time medicinal pot users. Over the past few years, the smell has seeped into our home despite our best efforts to stop it. It has gotten so bad that my better half has a constant headache and our only recourse is to spend as much time away from home as possible.

I certainly don’t want to infringe on the rights of others to enjoy whatever they want, but when do their rights override our right to breathe clean air?

Raymond Richard
Portland


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