Article by Julien Gignac and Tamar Harris
Andre Rocher’s first thought upon hearing that his condo building would ban the smoking of marijuana after it’s legalized was that the move would be “very unfair” for homeowners.
But Rocher has since changed his mind, after thinking “of those homeowners who bought, say, a million-dollar condo or a $2-million condo, and now their rightful enjoyment of their property is going to be affected.”
Bracing for impending legalization of marijuana, condominium properties are starting to enact policies around its use. At least one building has essentially banned smoking pot anywhere on its premises, even on balconies.
Rocher’s building, OneEleven Condos, located on Bathurst St. near King St. W., recently banned all smoking in common spaces, on balconies or inside suites, said condo board president Curtis Priest.
“It’s not about preventing someone from doing something in their suite,” Priest said. “It’s about putting in place a legal tool that we have to use if issues come up in the future.”
Priest clarified that’s it not a cannabis ban; it’s a ban on combustion, including tobacco. Edibles, for example, would be OK upon legalization.