Medical Cannabis Patient Banned From Riding The Bus

Matthew Little has been banned from public transit for 6 months, simply because he smelled like his medicine while riding the bus.

Oct 3, 2016

A man from Bremerton, WA was banned from public transit for six months, simply because he smelled like cannabis while riding the bus. Matthew Little is a medical marijuana patient and activist who has been in trouble with his city’s transit authorities three times prior, all stemming from his scent. This was the fourth complaint that he has received and transit officials handed him a six-month ban for not complying with their terms. Check out his interview below.

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Being a well-known activist in the area, Little isn’t afraid to be discreet with his medicine while he’s in public. Unfortunately for him, transit authorities had their hands forced when they received four complaints from bus drivers and other passengers about Little’s aroma.

From time to time, I smell like I just smoked some marijuana probably because I just did.

The weird part of this story is that Kitsap Transit’s Code of Conduct doesn’t actually say anything about having a scent of marijuana. Only bodily odors from being unhygienic or from excrement/urine are scents that can warrant a transit ban.

The fact that medical and recreational cannabis is legal in the State of Washington also makes one wonder why they were so strict on Little. And have you every heard of anyone choking from the smell of cannabis? It seems like a bit of an overreaction from the transit officials. He’s not even allowed to stand at a bus stop now.

Although, receiving four complaints from passengers is possibly a sign that Little should start being more aware of the smell of his medicine. And if he is carrying it around, using a smell proof container could limit the amount of negative attention he’s been getting recently.

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Oct 3, 2016