Paso Robles police cracked down on people smoking marijuana in Centennial Park last week following a string of reports of flagrant use in front of other park visitors.
A citation for marijuana possession is an infraction, legally similar to a traffic ticket.
At about 3 p.m. on Oct. 29, plainclothes detectives walked through the park and made contact with 15 people throughout the day. Three adults and one juvenile were cited for marijuana possession and another juvenile was found to be under the influence. Both juveniles were turned over to parents.
Paso Robles Police Department Lt. Ty Lewis said Monday officers conducted the crackdown after receiving a “flood” of reports of people gathering in the park and openly smoking marijuana near children and other park visitors in recent weeks.
Many residents, community organizations and city employees frequent the park and in past weeks have had to relocate because of pot smoke, Lewis said.
“We’re trying to keep the park an enjoyable experience,” Lewis said.