More Tickets for Tobacco than Pot: Edmonton Reaction to Cannabis Legalization Subdued

Article by Paige Parsons, Edmonton Sun

enterprise - cannabis smoking zone More tickets for tobacco than pot: Edmonton reaction to cannabis legalization subdued Paige Parsons A marked cannabis smoking zone west of the Rutherford Library at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton Tuesday Jan. 15, 2019. Photo by David Bloom

City bylaw officers have issued a total of three tickets to people using cannabis since the drug was legalized last October.

The latest statistics from the city show that far more people have been written up for smoking tobacco than cannabis.

There were 73 tickets and 653 warnings issued to people using tobacco in violation of the public smoking bylaw in Churchill Square or on Edmonton Transit Service properties, city spokeswoman Carla Putnam Kerr said in an email Thursday.

That’s compared to just three tickets and 25 warnings issued to cannabis users on those properties, from last Oct. 17 to this week.

There were zero tickets for either tobacco or cannabis issued by park rangers and peace officers patrolling the rest of the city, although there were 194 warnings for tobacco and eight for cannabis.

Neighbouring businesses say not much has changed since cannabis retailers opened their doors in the city four months ago.

“The first week was insane,” said Franck Bouilhol, owner of FanFan Patisserie, which is around the corner from the Old Strathcona location of Nova Cannabis.

After the initial rush in October that saw people stand in line for hours, things slowed down.

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