Pot use rules that are public relaxe: Cannabis allowed tobacco is

Ontario relaxes public pot use rules: Cannabis allowed everywhere tobacco is

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Ontario government announced that cannabis use will be allowed anywhere that tobacco is, which is a massive step forward from the previous administration ’s harsh position on public use.

Initially, Ontario’s government under Liberal Kathleen Wynne took a hard stance against public consumption- it had been prohibited everywhere except private land with fines of up to $1000 for a first time offence. Repeat offenders could face fines of up $5000!

. Although as recently as last month it seemed the PC government would maintain the ban on public consumption, they came around to common sense and adapting their cannabis consumption laws with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

You ’ ll be able to use cannabis as 22, if you ’ re able to smoke tobacco in your home. ”

But before Ontarians receive their joints ready to be sparked freely wherever they are in the state, there are still significant limitations to where cannabis can be smoked.

Let’s take a look at all those areas where smoking is still prohibited.

Places where smoking (of any kind) is prohibited

  • Outdoor patios
  • Childcare facilities
  • Motor vehicles with children inside
  • Enclosed workplaces
  • Outdoor smoking shelters with over two walls and a roof
  • Areas where home healthcare workers operate
  • Hospitals
  • Common areas of hotels, motels, and inns
  • Common Regions of multi-unit residences
  • Residential care facilities, although it should be noted there is an exemption for Aboriginal people to use tobacco for spiritual or cultural usage
  • Schools
  • Children’s playgrounds and publicly owned sports fields

The listing above pertains to tobacco in particular, and so there are a couple of areas where the rules for cannabis are different, like boats or vehicles, for example. Cannabis use in either is illegal if children are present or not, so no, you can’t be hotboxing your car as you drive it down the road.

If you’re caught breaking any of these regulations, then you’ll be facing fines between $1000-$5000, which will be one of the holdovers from the previous government.

Featured picture courtesy of Safety Sign.

Sources

CTV News: Ontario government to allow marijuana smoking wherever tobacco smoking allowed.

Daily Hive Grow: where you are able to smoke cannabis in Ontario after legalization.

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