Article by CBC News
A downtown condo board is banning the use of marijuana on building property, even as pot becomes legal across the country this summer — a move that has some residents sounding the alarm over a corporation being able to regulate what residents do behind closed doors.
Late last week, Goldview Property Management, the company that runs OneEleven Condos in the King West neighbourhood, informed its residents of new rules governing the use of cannabis.
Among them: no smoking or growing pot inside units and common areas, including on balconies and patios, and no deliveries of pot to the building.
Residents with valid medical grounds are exempt from the rule only if they provide evidence from an Ontario doctor that smoking cannabis is necessary to treat a condition. Even then, the board can request additional evidence or demand that a resident reconfirm their requirement at any time.
“It becomes a very slippery slope, very quickly,” said unit owner Ryan Barclay. “Because it starts with weed and then who knows what the next thing is. I think that is really the crux of the issue for the majority of people I know.”
A small window before legalization
OneEleven isn’t alone.
More and more condo management companies are racing to enact similar rules before the federal government legalizes cannabis in the coming months. After that, virtually anyone who smoked or grew marijuana in their units before the ban could technically apply for an exemption, making the problem of so-called “smoke transfer” that much bigger.