Article by Dave Dormer, CBC News
The federal government plans to introduce legislation in 2017 to legalize marijuana, but some users aren’t waiting that long before lighting up in public.
Change is already in the air, so to speak.
As part of a week-long series looking at the potential impacts of legalization, the Calgary Eyeopener’s Judy Aldous talked to users who say they already light up freely in public without fear of police repercussion.
“It used to be that marijuana was like the smell track for concerts at the Saddledome and other venues, but now the smell of it just wafts through all parts of the city, from underneath trees in city parks and out of that parked car window just down the street,” Aldous told host David Gray.
“In fact, I think if you did a blind smell test, a vast majority of Calgarians of all ages could identify that distinct, skunky odour, because people just aren’t hiding it anymore.”
Aldous talked to a number of self-admitted marijuana users between the ages of 18 and 23, who said they regularly get whiffs while travelling around the city.