Article by Emma Spears, Daily Hive
While Ontario’s Conservative government has made massive changes to their Liberal predecessors’ stern cannabis retail laws, the province is still taking a hard line on public consumption.
The penalties are stiff if Ontarians violate the rules and spark up a public j– up to $1000 for the first offence and $5000 for each subsequent offence. The tough regulations seem to be one of the few things upon which PC premier Doug Ford and former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne have agreed.
What’s off limits
Everywhere that isn’t a private residence or balcony, including workplaces and motor vehicles. There are some exceptions for medical users with a valid prescription for cannabis.
Private residences, private balconies, private apartment/condo units (if allowed by the landlord and/or condo associations).
There has been talk of allowing smoking and vaping in some hotel rooms, a proposal that was originally considered by the previous government earlier this year. In order to accommodate what many hospitality insiders anticipate could be a massive spike in cannabis tourism, certain rooms would be designated as smoking rooms whereas others would remain smoke-free. The proposal has not gained approval from either the Liberal or Conservative governments.