Paula Simons: Toking in the Streets? Edmonton Poised for Surprisingly Liberal Cannabis Consumption Law

Article by Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal

Paula Simons: Toking in the streets? Edmonton poised for surprisingly liberal cannabis consumption law When it comes to public consumption of cannabis, Edmonton city councillors are being particularly bold — bolder, perhaps, than most Edmontonians. PAULA SIMONS Edmonton city council is wrestling with the question of figuring out where people should be allowed to light up, once cannabis is legal.

Are you feeling a certain glow, Edmonton?

Well, you soon may.

On Wednesday, the community and public services committee of city council voted unanimously to support some of the most liberal bylaws in North America when it comes to the public consumption of cannabis.

Presented with two possible models for regulating recreational marijuana, the committee opted for the version with far fewer restrictions.

Under the proposed regulations, Edmontonians would be able to light up a joint while walking down any city sidewalk, while strolling through the river valley, while chilling in a pocket park. They’d also be able to consume cannabis in designated toking areas at events such as the Edmonton Folk Festival and the Fringe.

That doesn’t mean people would be able to get high anywhere.

The committee is recommending that smoking cannabis be banned in bars and restaurants and malls, and on outdoor patios. People would be forbidden from smoking the drug on buses or LRT cars, on any hospital or school property, and at cemeteries, golf courses, ski hills or off-leash dog parks.

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