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MAYORWatch: Do I Have the Right to Call Police Over a Strong Marijuana Smell?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Question: I live in an apartment with people living above and on the side of our unit. We could smell a strong scent of marijuana that started a week ago and it’s been happening almost daily. It’s sometimes twice to three times a day and lasts for at least three to seven minutes at a time. We can’t conclude where it’s coming from but it goes to our bathrooms every time it happens. Do I have the right to call police and ask them to investigate if it is legit or actually a pot session? I’m just concerned about our health. Please advise.

Answer: Mahalo for your question and I am sorry for your situation.

You may want to first contact your landlord or apartment manager to make a complaint regarding this issue before going to police. However, you can call the Maui Police Department’s nonemergency phone line at 244-6400 and officers can follow-up to see if the people have a medical marijuana card or if it’s an illegal activity.

Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at askthemayor@mauicounty.gov, by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask theMayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email mayors.office@mauicounty.gov.

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