One northern Ontario town is looking for a way to make smelly cannabis plants illegal.
West Nipissing council wants to draft a bylaw to regulate the odour from the four marijuana plants each Ontario resident is legally now allowed to grow.
Councillor Lise Senecal put the issue on the table after getting complaints from several residents in Sturgeon Falls.
“I didn’t even have to get out. I just rolled down my window,” she says of going to check out the skunk-like stink.
“It’s a very strong smell. I could have gotten a buzz.”
She says the right to enjoy your own property is a “basic right” and wants to see cannabis smell listed as a nuisance in a town bylaw, similar to what the City of Hamilton has already passed.
“I’m a firm believer that everyone has their rights. I mean, I have the right to drink beer, but I don’t have the right to throw the can of beer at the neighbour or make party at all times of day or night,” says Senecal, who would like to see the restriction apply only in residential areas.
West Nipissing councillor Jeremy Seguin is worried this adds to the town’s “conservative” approach to legal weed. It is one of the few municipalities in northeastern Ontario where smoking a joint on the sidewalk is illegal, but smoking tobacco is not.
“It’s something that was demonized for so many years and legally it switched over, but I don’t think psychologically everyone was ready for the switchover,” he says.