Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Ontario government announced that cannabis use will be permitted anywhere that tobacco is, which is a huge step forward from the previous government’s harsh position on public use.
Initially, Ontario’s government under Liberal Kathleen Wynne took a hard stance against public consumption- it was banned everywhere except private property with fines of up to $1000 for a first time offence. Repeat offenders could face fines of up $5000!
Thank god the Liberals got voted out and Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives took over (a sentence I never thought I’d write!). Although as recently as last month it appeared the PC government would maintain the ban on public consumption, they came around to common sense and aligned their cannabis consumption laws with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
As Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney told CTV News:“We’re aligning with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. If you’re able to smoke tobacco in your home then you’ll be able to use cannabis as well.”
But before Ontarians get their joints all ready to be sparked freely wherever they are in the province, there are still significant limitations to where cannabis can be smoked.
Let’s have a look at all those places where smoking is still banned…