Canadian Province to Permit Smoking Marijuana in Public

Designated Marijuana Smoking Areas like Tobacco Makes A Lot of Sense

The people of British Columbia really seem insightful about marijuana. The Canadian province is beginning to let the public know about the rules it will implement concerning the legalization of recreational marijuana, and yes, they will permit smoking marijuana in public.

Here in the United States, it seems nearly impossible to find a place to consume marijuana unless you own your own home. The plan in British Columbia is to allow adults, 19 years or older, to consume cannabis in the same designated areas people are allowed to smoke tobacco or vape.

The province announced new details of its regulatory regime on Monday, including that cannabis will be sold online and through private and government-run stores. Retailers will not be permitted to sell weed in stores that sell liquor or tobacco.

B.C. will also allow people to smoke pot in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted, although it will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds.

Adults in B.C. will be allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords and strata councils can restrict or prohibit cultivation and smoking in properties.

The province will create a 90-day ban for those caught driving while drug-impaired and it will increase training for law enforcement officers to recognize impairment.

The B.C. government announced in December that 19 would be the minimum age to possess, purchase and consume non-medical cannabis. It also said B.C.’s liquor distribution branch would be the wholesale distributor of non-medical marijuana.

Massachusetts is planning on allowing marijuana lounges this summer when they start selling adult-use marijuana and there has been some discussion in other states like Nevada. Would you be surprised to find someone smoking a joint next to you while you smoked a cigarette in a designated smoking area?


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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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