Ontario Moves Ahead with Plan to License Cannabis Lounges

As evidence to the shift in public perception of marijuana use, the Province of Ontario has announced plans to legalize Cannabis lounges once the country’s Cannabis Act is passed.

For the past decade or so, Canada has had an extremely positive approach towards medical and recreational marijuana, and has been at the forefront of the push for legalization of the drug.

Having legalized medical marijuana in 2001 and currently in the process of doing the same with recreational marijuana, further news is emerging from its Provinces that are preparing for the significant changes in the post-legalization era.

ONTARIO READY TO EMBRACE CHANGE

Initially, the province of Ontario – Canada’s most populated area – planned to institute a categorical ban on public smoking which would have restricted consumption to homes. However, that proposal harbored various shortcomings, including exposing children to second-hand smoke.

Additionally, people living in buildings that ban smoking would have no place to smoke.

Trina Fraser, an Ottawa Lawyer who specializes in cannabis trade laws believes that such restrictive regulations would force people to smoke in undesirable places like their cars.

The proposed cannabis lounges could lag behind legalization legislation, which is expected by July.

The Ontario regulations would have provisions for both public lounges and smoking spaces in apartment and some business buildings. Additionally, pot smokers would be allowed to smoke in cigarette smoking zones, and other forms of marijuana, including edible varieties would be allowed in all hotel rooms.

If passed, marijuana producers, as well as sellers of smoking devices stand to benefit significantly, with more people finding it comfortable to smoke marijuana in an acceptable setting.

Tourist populations would also find it easier to sample Canadian pot.

 

 

originally published on bay street.ca

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