Come October 17, people in Ontario will be allowed to smoke recreational marijuana wherever it’s legal to smoke tobacco.
So the Progressive Conservative government has loosened the rules established by the Liberals before them.
The provincial government says it will amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to require recreational pot smokers and vapers to follow the same rules as tobacco and e-cigarette users. This almost means, marijuana users will have to respect the smoking ban in enclosed public spaces and workplaces.
If you break the rules, you may subject to fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 upon conviction.
In addition, the legislation will prohibit the cannabis consumption in vehicles and boats that are being driven or under a person’s care or control. The Ontario government says it will recognize those circumstances as risks, similar to alcohol.
And of course, since you’ve always been allowed to smoke tobacco in your private residence, you’ll be allowed to smoke weed at home as well.
Doug Ford’s government also plans not to put a cap on pot shops when it starts licensing and regulating the province’s private cannabis retail marketplace. Municipalities have until January 2019 to opt out of allowing the stores.
For now, a government agency called the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. will handle the online cannabis sales. It will also be the wholesaler to private retail stores. But it’s expected that more and more Canadians will grow pot at home.