This New Ontario Weed Law Is Setting Stricter Rules For Marijuana Users
Blaze freely no more?
It seems like the great weed debate is a never ending battle. The newest member to weigh in is the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a byproduct of the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). Once weed becomes legal on July 1st 2018, the OCRC will be totally responsible for regulating the sale of weed, not just in store, but also online.
Furthermore, you can look forward to the OCRC shutting down any and all illegal dispensaries. However if you're wondering where you'll be able to get zig zags, bongs, pipes or other tools of the trade, the Attorney General Yasir Naqvi told the Star that, "OCRC-run retail shops will sell bongs, rolling papers, and other paraphernalia [...] the first 40 of which will open next summer, jumping to 150 province wide in 2020."
For those thinking that you can blaze down King Street openly, that definitely won't be the case. The new Ontario regulation laws state that you can only smoke in the comfort of your own home. That's right, smoking up in public places will be prohibited. In addition, you can also only grow up to 4 cannabis plants in your home. Fines for this, if you break the law, are $1000 for first time offenders, and up to $5000 for second-time offenders, also jail time.
Finally, this law aims to also toughen up against those who drive stoned and really clarify the rules regarding cannabis consumption. Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory are fully on board with this law and believe it is the step in the right direction to make Ontario cities safer.
The bill is set to pass before the MPPs go on break for the holiday season, according to Naqvi.