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Bed and Breakfast Encourages Medicinal Marijuana Use

Aired April 21, 2000 - 2:18 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: The rooms are non-smoking, but at a certain bed and breakfast in Northern California, some of the guests are lighting up joints out back. It's not that smoking pot is being overlooked. In fact, it's actually being encouraged for medical reasons.

The story now from CNN's Don Knapp.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

DON KNAPP, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is Santa Cruz, California's newest bed and breakfast, and perhaps the first one in the world to promote smoking by its guests, pot smoking, that is.

ANDREA TISCHLER, COMPASSION FLOWER INN: Welcome to the hemp room.

KNAPP: Hemp, of course, another name for marijuana plant fiber. The bedspread is made of hemp, as is the pillow case.

TISCHLER: The curtain and draperies are a hemp blend of silk and hemp. The towels are hemp as well.

KNAPP (on camera): Now do you need a prescription to have a hemp towel, and a hemp bedspread, and a hemp curtain?

TISCHLER: No, no, I don't think that you can eat it.

KNAPP (voice-over): But you will need a prescription or doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana if you plan to come here and smoke pot, as these opening day guests are doing.

(on camera): You have a prescription to smoke this stuff, right?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

KNAPP: Well, you could smoke it anywhere. Why come here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why not?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is medicine that we need, and it's not -- we don't have to hide and feel like criminals.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, we can smoke anywhere, but you want to respect people and not smoke anywhere.

KNAPP: This bed, bud and breakfast does provide the bed and the breakfast. But as for the buds, well, guests have to bring their own.

(voice-over): That shouldn't be much of a problem in Santa Cruz, now that the city council has OKed the production and sale of medical marijuana, as long as it's not for profit.

MIKE ROTKIN, SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL: I'm sure the Santa Cruz police are not going to allow them just to have a casual attitude about this. It's very important for us that we make a distinction here between general use of marijuana and people that have a valid medical claim.

KNAPP: The owners, long-time medical marijuana advocates, say: their bed and breakfast will be a supportive environment for those with a medical need for pot, but tokers without a doctor's note will be asked to leave.

Don Knapp, CNN, Santa Cruz, California.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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