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Flat Ad Transcript

(A teenage girl sits on a couch in a living room. She looks at interviewer while he asks a question)

Interviewer: So Sarah, what’s going on here?

Interviewer: Sarah? Sarah?

(When narrator stops, camera cuts to a deflated individual sitting on the couch. Individual is literally deflated, like a balloon and flat)

Friend: She won’t answer you. Er. she can’t.

Interviewer: Why not?

(Camera cuts back and forth between Sarah and the friend)

Friend: This is the way it’s been since she started smoking pot. She’s all lazy and boring and. You know we used to have so much fun together.

Interviewer: And now?

(Screen opens to a wide angle of both of the friends)

Friend: This is what we do.

(AbovetheInfluence.com logo appears)

I have been bitching about this thing since the first time I laid eyes on it. I just cannot believe that crap like this gets made with my good tax dollars. If you are going to make an anti-drug PSA, you should at least have the effects of the drug you are decrying straight.

Let’s explore this propaganda mini-movie a little more closely. First off, we have two figures, one of them human and the other clearly a breathing puppet. Yes, Sarah breathes, a detail that got overlooked in the official transcript. No wonder she doesn’t respond!

Assuming that we buy the intended premise that Sarah is real, albeit lazy and deflated, what drug effects are we observing here? Sarah looks a little like she is melting, so I guess that means that, while she was puffing on a relatively harmless spliff, her friend was getting into some ugly-ass windowpane. While Sarah will be fine to go to work in an hour or so, her friend is about to go on a 12 hour acid hell-ride in what looks for all the world like Archie Bunker’s living room. A chemical mindfuck in a place full of weird shaped knick knacks, menacing wallpaper, and no damned pineapples anywhere in sight! Who are we supposed to believe here!?

Drug PSAs just aren’t what they used to be. I have one in which an obviously stoned Sonny Bono is trying his best to convince us that, in spite of his condition, using drugs really is a bad idea. What about that classic from the late 70’s or early 80’s that became a part of our pop culture? This is your brain. (eggs drop in hot skillet). this is your brain on drugs.

At the end of the day, however, my favorite is still the crazy 90’s ho with the frying pan, smashing up a kitchen. It was a good premise, looked like it was fun to shoot, and the chick is hot, in a psycho kind of way. I think she was having a bad trip too, but that is another story. Both of them are better than Flat. I think that if the Partnership for a Drug Free Utopia wants to be successful, they must first earn the respect of their viewers and not insult us with fanciful falsehoods, no matter how cutely they may be presented.

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Can I get in trouble for smoking weed in a NYC rental apartment?

Check your building’s house rules to see what your building’s smoking policy allows. Even if you can smoke marijuana in your apartment, you still need to keep your neighbors’ health and well-being in mind.

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I’m a renter in a building that allows smoking. Can I get in trouble for smoking weed?

All multi-family residential buildings are now required to establish a smoking policy, so that’s where you want to check first to see whether or not you can smoke marijuana inside your apartment.

When a building creates its smoking policy, it outlines what type of smoke is prohibited in addition to tobacco, says Sam Himmelstein, a lawyer who represents residential and commercial tenants and tenant associations (and is a Brick Underground sponsor). So check your building’s house rules to see what your building’s smoking policy allows.

The law requiring apartment buildings to create a smoking policy went into effect in August 2018, so if you live in a rent-regulated apartment, and moved in before the policy was enacted, it doesn’t pertain to you.

But even if you can smoke marijuana in your apartment, you still need to keep your neighbors’ health and well-being in mind.

“If the smell becomes strong enough to penetrate another apartment, it can become a nuisance to your neighbors and be considered an objectionable odor,” says Himmelstein. Objectionable odors can be prohibited by your lease, which could lead to eviction if the problem persists.

Part of the problem can be a building’s own ventilation system and hallways.

“T he issue with people smoking marijuana in their apartments is that it gives off such a strong smell that it gets into the vents and into the hallways, which eventually impacts the right to quiet enjoyment of other people living in the building,” says Peter von Simson, CEO of New Bedford Management Corp., a NYC property management company.

If your building has a firm no smoking policy, you should strictly adhere to the building rules to avoid repercussions from your management. “I have seen tenants who violate the no smoking policy get in trouble and if they refuse to stop, even get evicted,” says von Simson.

If you’re in the state’s medical marijuana program, you could be exempt from your building’s smoking policy. “If it’s been prescribed by a doctor, they would have a disability defense and be entitled to reasonable accommodation by the building,” says Himmelstein.

Smoking marijuana is still not legal in New York, however the state expanded the decriminalization of marijuana in 2019, so if you’re caught in public smoking or in possession of a small amount, you’re only facing a violation with a small fine.

Practical ways to smoke without bothering your neighbors

If you don’t plan on giving up the herb , or have a medical marijuana license, there are many ways for you to smoke without making your building smell like a college dorm.

Vaporizers produce an odorless vapor instead of a pungent smoke, which can saturate your apartment—and your neighbor’s. But, keep in mind that your building’s smoking policy may prohibit vaporizers. And, if even it doesn’t, they are still banned in the halls and common areas.

If you prefer to smoke the traditional way, think about buying a personal air-filter product, where you blow the smoke into the device and it filters out the smell, like the Smoke Buddy or Smoke Trap. You can also use air sprays and sanitizers like Ozium, which eliminate smoke smells.

And, there’s always edibles like brownies and gummies.

Check your building's house rules to see whether you building allows smoking. Even if it is allowed, you need to be mindful of the smoke and do what you can to minimize it. Objectionable odors may be prohibited by your lease.