Ottawa Health Unit’s Pot Proposals Under Fire

Article by Susan Burgess, CBC News

Ottawa health unit's pot proposals under fire 'You're going to see people breaking the law,' Colorado consultant says By Susan Burgess, CBC News. Ottawa Public Health is recommending a provincial ban on cannabis smoking and vaping in condos, apartments and even cannabis lounges, a move some critics say would simply drive people to break the law. (Joe Mahoney/Canadian Press)

A recommendation from Ottawa Public Health to ban all smoking and vaping of cannabis in Ontario’s apartments, condos and even cannabis lounges would drive people to break the law, according to a consultant who shaped marijuana policy in Denver, Colo.

“You’re leaving a lot of people in a place where they can legally grow this product, can legally carry this product, can legally purchase this product, but there’s not a lot of places for them to legally consume it,” said Dan Rowland, a consultant with Alberta-based 420 Advisory Management.

“That will create some issues.”

Rowland has seen those issues firsthand.

The state of Colorado legalized the sale of cannabis in 2014, but cities are still grappling with how to regulate its use.

In Denver, it’s permitted only in private residences, though not hotels or apartments where the property owner has imposed a ban.

Some Colorado cities have businesses where customers can consume cannabis, but they had been outlawed in Denver until recently.

That city’s first is expected to open soon under a brand new licensing regime that permits vaping and edibles — though not smoking indoors, which would violate state anti-smoking legislation, Rowland said.

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