Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
BC’s cannabis regulations give local governments the power to control cannabis in their jurisdictions, and even landlords and strata councils are getting the authority to ban smoking and growing on their premises.
With legalization months away, smoking and growing cannabis in your home, apartment, or condo will be a big issue, especially in rental properties and multi-family complexes. Lawyers and condo associations in Alberta are already recommending that landlords and strata councils start prohibiting smoking and growing cannabis on their premises before it’s legalized.
Condos are also being warned that if they mishandle medical cannabis issues they could face Human Rights challenges on disability grounds.
Across the country, buildings are already implementing new rules. In Ontario, a condo board in Ottawa banned smoking in December 2017 in anticipation of cannabis legalization, and residents can only grow cannabis if they have a doctor’s prescription for medical cannabis.
As the president of North Alberta’s chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute told CBC, “Some condo boards already have smoke-free regulations, but most buildings allow owners to smoke in their own units.”