Article by Toronto Star
Regardless of whether you’re for or against making cannabis legal in Canada, it’s going to happen on Oct. 17.
So it bears repeating that provincial governments must create clear, sensible, enforceable legislation that gives consumers access to pot while curbing the black market and keeping it out of the hands of underage kids.For the most part, Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli got it right last week when they introduced the Ford government’s framework for cannabis retailing.As it stands, the legislation sensibly treats the smoking of cannabis like tobacco by aligning consumption of pot with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act..That means people won’t be allowed to toke up in indoor public spaces, but will be permitted to smoke pot outdoors in places where tobacco smoking is permitted.That means, for example, that smoking in parks will be OK. But smoking near children’s playgrounds — where tobacco smoking is already banned — will not..Anything else would have been unenforceable by police, who would have been put in a position of trying to distinguish if someone was smoking a cigarette or a joint on the street or in a public park. It would also create the odd situation in which smoking pot was legal in principle, but illegal everywhere but in your own home (unless, of course, you’re a renter whose landlord objects).