Article by Chris Halliday, Orangeville Banner
When cannabis is legalized on Oct. 17, Ontario will have laws in place about how, where and who can buy and possess marijuana in the province.
The government has introduced legislation that, if passed, would help the province move forward with a regulated private retail model for cannabis that would launch by April 1, 2019.
You will need to be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.
WHERE TO USE IT
Where you could smoke and vape cannabis
• Private residences — this does not include residences that are also workplaces (e.g. long-term care and/or retirement homes);
• Many outdoor public places (e.g. sidewalks, parks);
• Designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns;
• Residential vehicles and boats that meet certain criteria (e.g. have permanent sleeping accommodations and cooking facilities, and are parked or anchored);
• Scientific research and testing facilities (if the cannabis use is for scientific research and testing purposes);
• Controlled areas in: long-term care homes, certain retirement homes, residential hospices, provincially-funded supportive housing and designated psychiatric facilities or veterans’ facilities.
TAKE NOTE: Additional restrictions on smoking and vaping may exist in municipal bylaws, lease agreements, and the policies of employers and property owners.
Where you could not smoke or vape cannabis
You would not be able to smoke or vape cannabis in:
• indoor common areas in condos, apartment buildings and university/college residences;
• enclosed public places and enclosed work places;
• non-designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns.
Schools and places where children gather
You would not be able smoke or vape cannabis:
• at school, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20 metres of these grounds;
• on children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20 m of playgrounds;
• in child care centres, where an early years program is provided;
• in places where home child care is provided — even if children aren’t present.