New provincial rules have outlawed cannabis lounges designed for medical users as of July 1, but one owner in Windsor, Ont. refuses to shut down.
Higher Limits Cannabis Lounge, which calls itself the largest in Canada, has been open in the downtown area for two-and-a-half years and said they’ve seen more than 85,000 people come through the doors.
The new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which came into effect on Canada Day, clearly states medical cannabis users cannot smoke or vape in enclosed public spaces. And that includes lounges designed specifically for that purpose.
“I’ll fight them to the end. I’m not shutting down,” said Jon Liedtke, owner of Higher Limits.
He calls it a human rights issue, one that restricts a specific group of the general public on where they can consume their medicine.
“I can’t tell someone not to take their medication,” said Liedtke. “If this is what the ‘smoking police’ want to start doing, are they going to start walking into restaurants and telling grandparents that they can’t take their medication at the table as well?”