Article by Taryn Grant, Star Metro
New cannabis bylaws in Halifax open the door for people to complain about pot-smoking, so the municipality is putting “more feet on the ground” to enforce the rules, even on those with medical prescriptions.
Two sets of cannabis-related bylaw amendments passed at Halifax Regional Council Tuesday in a 13-3 vote.
The changes include restrictions on where people can smoke cannabis — not in municipal parks, and not on any municipal property, including streets and sidewalks. The municipality plans to set up designated smoking areas, which will be announced in September and marked with signs.
Brendan Elliott, a spokesperson with the Halifax Regional Municipality, confirmed Wednesday the smoking ban applies to everyone, even those using medical marijuana.
Municipal staff cite the dangers of second-hand smoke as a driving reason for the smoking ban.
Myrna Gillis, CEO of medical marijuana producer Aqualitas, said it’s reasonable to restrict smoking, of all kinds, for the sake of public health, but the recent bylaw amendments are unbalanced and inconsistent.
One of the revised bylaws restricts outdoor growth of cannabis plants, but there’s an exemption for individuals who have medical licences.