Author Topic: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers  (Read 3461 times)

Spekulatius

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2020, 05:31:33 PM »
Have you tried talking to them before writing a passive aggressive shaming letter?

Do you think anyone in a NYC apartment building talk to their neighbors or even say hello? I agree that probably should've been a first step.

This is NYC, so in any case, the neighbor in question will tell you to GFY. Move somewhere, where you own all 4 walls of your place yourself. That solves this and many other problems.
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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2020, 11:22:15 AM »
Get some good olive oil and an ozone generator. Bubble the ozone into the olive oil. This seems to prevent the harshness on the lungs some people complain about. The ozone will remove the smell from the air. In Vancouver as you walked about in the past you could often smell ozone coming from garages, but almost never the cannabis grow ops. Houses are expensive in my neighbourhood. After a few weeks the olive oil looks white coloured and translucent. Put it in a jar in the fridge. It will heal almost anything on the skin thanks to the high oxygen. Anyone living in Australia can do the same and remove the smoke from the air. If you smell smoke you need more ozone. If you smell ozone or freshness you have enough. Everyone in the parts of the country with forests which might burn like the whole west coast should do the same. Further, in cities oxygen levels are too low causing illness and cancer over time.

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2020, 11:53:03 AM »
Your building and the landlord should have a smoking policy, which may protect you from the issue of secondhand smoke.

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/smoke/smoking-sample-policy-residential.pdf

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2020, 11:57:47 AM »
Pot has been decriminalized lately.  I have nothing against cannabis and lots of research shows that it is a lot less addictive than opiates.  However, I am currently dealing with a neighbor who lights up 5-6 nights a week around midnight.  The smell is so strong that it is making it hard to sleep.  I am sure that I am getting a mild case of second hand smoke.  NYC has a smoke free act of 2002 that prohibits smoking in common areas indoors.  Any suggestions for dealing with this?  I have a feeling that WSJ will have an article on this sooner or later.  The same rules that applies to cigarette smoking in terms of distance from building etc should apply here as well.  Again, nothing against pot.  But I shouldn't have to suffer from second hand smoke.

Have you tried consulting with AOC, the lady with infinite wisdom? Maybe she should propose a law for the pot restrictions
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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2020, 03:41:45 PM »
Isn't this pretty much the same problem that people have had for decades with ethnic cooking?  If you have a multicultural city, you'll have a little bit of everything in your building and every day you will smell different cooking than what you eat.  There's never been much you can do about it, right?

I am not sure how this is even a comparison.

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2020, 05:08:50 PM »
Just take a large paper enveloppe.

Fill it with mustard.

Slide it just under their door and drop a dictionary or large book on it.

Then hide.

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2020, 05:27:23 PM »
Isn't this pretty much the same problem that people have had for decades with ethnic cooking?  If you have a multicultural city, you'll have a little bit of everything in your building and every day you will smell different cooking than what you eat.  There's never been much you can do about it, right?

I am not sure how this is even a comparison.


Where have you lived?  Are all of your neighbours of the same ethnicity as you?  Do you live amongst immigrants? 

If you are Asian, then the smell of Asian cooking in your building will be a good smell to you.  If you are from the Indian sub-continent, then the smell of Indian cooking will be a good smell for you.  If you are from a culture that consumes fish frequently, you might be okay with the strong smell of cooked fish in your building.  But, chances are you are not part of *all* of those ethnic groups, so probably at least one of them will come across as a disagreeable odour.  In large Canadian cities, there's a good chance that *all* of those groups will be in your apartment building.  Seriously, if you live next door to families from other cultures who are enthusiastic about cooking their regional cuisine, it can be quite tiresome to smell it everyday (or it can be quite enjoyable as the case may be).

So it is with pot.  If you are a regular pot smoker, you might not mind the scent in your building, just as cigar smokers don't generally mind the smell of cigars.  But, for almost everyone else, the smell of cigars or of pot is unpleasant and tiresome if it becomes a regular thing. 

Now that pot has been legalised in some jurisdictions, it is pretty hard to deal with a neighbour whose unit is a constant source of a completely legal odour.  What they are doing is legal, just as the Chinese family's and Indian family's cooking has always perfectly legal.  If you don't happen to like it, there's not much you can do about it.


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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2020, 08:59:28 PM »
I like this thread...so many diverse methods of dealing with conflict :D

BG, you've got to give us an update, this is pretty decent drama for a value investor board!

So it is with pot.  If you are a regular pot smoker, you might not mind the scent in your building

I remember guys (and girls) smoking crack in the stairwells of my old brooklyn building. You never saw them, but crack is one of those things that you have no idea what it smells like, but you catch a whiff of it for the first time, and you immediately know EXACTLY what it is that you're smelling! Pretty wild.

And now I'm getting nostalgia...to me, nothing screams the city like repeatedly slamming a hardcover copy of Ulysses against the shared wall at 6 AM, screaming "Shut the F#(* up!!!", because the cracked-out neighbor's grandmother (sober) is screaming at her 7 year old grandson to "be a man and get dressed!"

So for a guy smoking a joint at midnight...I mean c'mon :D
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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2020, 04:06:43 AM »
... And now I'm getting nostalgia...to me, nothing screams the city like repeatedly slamming a hardcover copy of Ulysses against the shared wall at 6 AM, screaming "Shut the F#(* up!!!", because the cracked-out neighbor's grandmother (sober) is screaming at her 7 year old grandson to "be a man and get dressed!" ...

LC,

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