Article by Ali Chiasson, CBC News
While a lot still has to be hammered out before marijuana becomes legal in Canada, the Ontario government has already decided where people will be able to toke legally, according to the province’s attorney general.
In an interview Friday on CBC’s Metro Morning, Yasir Naqvi said cannabis has been written into the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
“So the same restrictions that apply to smoking [tobacco] apply to cannabis as well,” Naqvi said.
Just like cigarettes, it will be illegal to smoke weed on restaurant or bar patios, enclosed workplaces, common areas of multi-unit residences and anywhere near schools. There are more examples on the government’s website.
However, Naqvi does say as consultations continue the specifics around indoor and outdoor use in private and public dwellings are subject to adjustment.
“What I want people to know is that these issues are at the front and centre of our deliberations.”
The federal government introduced the Cannabis Act this past April. If it’s passed, marijuana will be legal across Canada by next July. Ottawa has called on the provinces and territories to establish a framework to regulate the distribution, sale and consumption of cannabis.
Naqvi said on Friday that experts and government ministries have been weighing in since “well before” the Cannabis Act was introduced.
“The federal timeline will be challenging for all provinces and territories to meet,” he said, but he added that “this is not work we’ve just started now.”