Article by Eric MacKenzie, 24 Hours
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal may be tasked with deciding whether a medical marijuana user was discriminated against by a hotel that wouldn’t let him check in due to concerns over the smell of weed.
A tribunal member ruled it can only be determined in a full hearing whether the Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites in Victoria violated Saeed Abu-Sharife’s rights by denying him a room.
None of the submissions made by the hotel or Abu-Sharife have been proven as fact, but both sides acknowledge that Abu-Sharife was a frequent guest until September 2015.
Abu-Sharife claims to smoke pot and consume it in edible and oil forms to treat back pain and stomach-related issues, and that he made his use of marijuana known to hotel staff during previous visits. After issues with marijuana odour arose, the hotel put Abu-Sharife in a room detached from its main building.
He claims he never smoked in his room, only in the parking lot or on the street, and was not made aware of any concerns following his final stay.