There are a lot of different factors when it comes to restricting and regulating legal cannabis in Canada. First, there is the legislation from the federal government that makes it legal in the first place. Then it’s up to the provinces to determine laws on its sale and use. Finally, municipalities are allowed to make their own rules for how weed is used or sold in their towns and cities.
For one Ontario town, that means banning marijuana altogether. In Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto, the council has voted to introduce an immediate ban on consuming marijuana anywhere in public.
Under the new rules, people are banned from smoking recreational weed anywhere that is accessible to the public, meaning parks, sidewalks, businesses and stores, and town facilities. Though this seems very straightforward, there’s one huge problem with this ban – the town can’t actually enforce it.
As it turns out, by-law officers in Richmond Hill are only allowed to approach people smoking weed and ask if they have a medical license. Other than that, there is nothing they can do. By-law isn’t even allowed to ask to see ID, which is what they would need to issue a ticket.