Despite July 1 Marijuana Legalization, Outdoor Parks in Prince George’s County Remain Smoke-Free

June 27, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2023 Media Contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311

Riverdale, MD – Today The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, sends a reminder to the community that its parks have been and will continue to be smoke-free. This includes all forms of tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapes, and marijuana.

To recognize The Department’s compliance with applicable laws governing background smoking, and the increased public health concern regarding the use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapes, and marijuana, there is no smoking allowed in parks. This rule was adopted in 2017, to strengthen The Department’s commitment to promoting a healthful environment for employees and patrons.

Banned products from The Department’s parks include, but are not limited to:

  • Marijuana
  • Smokeless marijuana (Edible, other)
  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Shisha
  • Pipes
  • Hookahs
  • Smokeless tobacco (chew, snus, snuff, sticks, strips, orbs, other)

The Policy establishes prohibitions as they relate to Department property including, but not limited to:

  • Enclosed buildings
  • Parks
  • Outdoor facilities
  • Community centers
  • Buildings in developed park areas
  • Third-party property that is leased or operated by The Department

To learn more about Department rules and regulations, visit

About the Department

The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit and stay connected on FacebookTwitterPhotoShelter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.