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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.
âYou have tenants who feel theyâre paying their share of the rent and they want to smoke,â he said to the council. âWe invested in a smoking shelter, but many times they donât want to go outside to smoke.â
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.
âThe conflict with the marijuana question,â Swanson explained. âIs that the state recognizes medical marijuana, but the federal government says itâs a controlled substance and therefore it cannot be used anywhere on federally subsidized property.â
She said that currently, the housing authority is in the process of litigating several cases regarding cigarettes, not marijuana.
âWe have made it perfectly clear to those people that they canât smoke in the building,â she added. âAnd theyâve 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
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