NBA Finals: What Sports Fans Need to Know About Cannabis in Canada

Article by Harrison Jordan, Leafly News

CANADALIFESTYLE NBA Finals: What Sports Fans Need to Know About Cannabis in Canada HARRISON JORDAN June 10, 2019 Toronto Raptors / Facebook

The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA Finals for the first time. With the Raps leading the series 3-1 going into Monday night’s game, it means the city will play host to at least one of the Finals games.

Whether you’re in town rooting for the home team or visiting from out of province, we’ve put together this primer for cannabis-friendly tourists and sports enthusiasts. Here’s what you need to know if you’re visiting Toronto for the Finals.

Public Consumption

Unlike many American canna-legal states, you can generally consume in public! But, there are exceptions.

Canada has provinces, which you can think of as the country’s version of American states.

In Ontario, where Toronto is located, there is no law against public display of cannabis, which is prohibited in some US legal states. More significantly, smoking and vaping cannabis is actually legal in most places in Ontario!

However, there are a number of places you cannot smoke or vape. Even in places that are legal to smoke, stay mindful of young children, families, and where they might congregate. This means you cannot consume cannabis near playgrounds, for example, or in the public space that is Toronto’s Jurassic Park fan zone.

You aren’t allowed to smoke or vape in restaurants, on patios, and there’s a bylaw against smoking within 9 metres of exits and entranceways of public buildings such as restaurants and offices. You also cannot partake within common areas of condos, apartment buildings, or student residences.

One thing to keep in mind is that you cannot consume cannabis in a vehicle or boat in any way—even non-smoking/vaping options such as edibles.

For a full list of where smoking and vaping of cannabis is prohibited in the province, click here.

420-friendly Accommodations

Your hotel likely won’t allow smoking or vaping, but your Airbnb might.

That’s because due to provincial laws, guest rooms in hotels, motels, and inns must have special “designated” status to allow smoking and vaping—similar to the laws for tobacco.

Read the full article here.

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