Montreal is seeking the power to keep legal cannabis out of certain festivals in the city. It’s one of the demands they made to the Quebec government during hearings into the province’s proposed law regulating legalization.
“We want to have the choice to prohibit the use of drugs during the kind of festivals with families,” said Montreal executive committee member Robert Beaudry. He says marijuana use should be banned from festivals geared toward children, like the Fete des Neiges.
Under the province’s proposed law, smoking marijuana in public will be allowed with rules like the ones that regulate cigarettes and alcohol.
“During certain festivals, you can use alcohol, you can smoke cigarettes, so it’s going to be the same way with marijuana. The city is going to have the choice to permit or prohibit,” Beaudry said.
Some Montrealers Global News spoke with on Thursday agreed with the idea of keeping marijuana away from children at festivals.
“It’s a good idea to ban it from shows and everything, just for the kids,” said David Tremblay.
“At the very least, they should have a designated zone, like a smoker zone but for marijuana,” said Linda Zhang.