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WEST WARWICKâ€” Although a non-smoking policy was passed last October at The West Warwick Manor and Clyde Towers, the West Warwick Housing Authority is having issues with tenants not following the rules.
During the town council meeting Tuesday night, Chairperson of the authority Thomas Zampa explained that people smoking in the two buildings has become an issue.
â€śYou have tenants who feel theyâ€™re paying their share of the rent and they want to smoke,â€ť he said to the council. â€śWe invested in a smoking shelter, but many times they donâ€™t want to go outside to smoke.â€ť
He said both housing areas advertise as non-smoking facilities and in the lease there is a clause that states that tenants can be evicted for not following that policy.
Town Council member Ed Giroux asked Zampa and Executive Director of the housing authority Kristen Swanson whether the smoking problem included marijuana as well as cigarettes.
â€śThe conflict with the marijuana question,â€ť Swanson explained. â€śIs that the state recognizes medical marijuana, but the federal government says itâ€™s a controlled substance and therefore it cannot be used anywhere on federally subsidized property.â€ť
She said that currently, the housing authority is in the process of litigating several cases regarding cigarettes, not marijuana.
â€śWe have made it perfectly clear to those people that they canâ€™t smoke in the building,â€ť she added. â€śAnd theyâ€™ve all signed a copy of the smoking policy and they signed an amendment to their leases and agreed to abide by the smoke-free policy.â€ť
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