In Ontario, smoking areas won't just be for tobacco come October 17th. The provincial government just announced that recreational cannabis use will be allowed wherever cigarette smoking is permitted. This seems like a victory for some, but others aren't so pleased.
Previously, the Liberal government had a stricter set of consumption rules. Their regulations stated that come the legalization of marijuana, those of legal age would only be permitted to smoke cannabis in private residences.
Another step towards eliminating the cannabis stigma. https://t.co/QYF8XAjpPG— Mike Hart, M.D (@drmikehart) September 27, 2018
For those who do smoke pot, this is a huge win. As Robert Schwartz, a University of Toronto professor specializing in cannabis distribution mentioned to CTV News, the previous regulations wouldn't have made sense for people living in apartment buildings or condos.
"There are already a lot of people in these dwellings who are complaining about second-hand smoke from cannabis and therefore there are some condominiums that are going smoke-free completely," he said. Therefore, being able to smoke in a private residence wouldn't have been possible for some.
we won’t need to buy it...just breathe— 🇨🇦🇲🇽SandraDee (@SandraDeeCP7) September 27, 2018
However, many Ontarians aren't happy with the new regulations. For non-smokers, having cigarette smoke surround them in public places is frustrating enough. Now people are saying they're not thrilled about having the same issue with marijuana smoke.
https://t.co/XjSD0Dcd3p— Dave O'Marra (@daveomarra) September 27, 2018
What the heck are they thinking. Fed gov says pot will be legal and each province to set up their own rules. Now Ontario leaders must already be smoking as they make a substance that alters your norm like alcohol however they do not regulate it as alcohol.
There's no doubt that second-hand cigarette smoke and second-hand marijuana smoke are two totally different things. One is potentially cancerous, while the other is potentially intoxicating.
Hmmm I don’t think it’s the same as having a smoke. If someone is standing at a bus stop smoking pot, is there potential that I could get high (honestly don’t know)? If so, bad idea. Should be like alcohol. Can’t walk down street with beer, shouldn’t be able to with pot either.— whatsittoya (@Murfam4) September 27, 2018
Ontarians on Twitter are pointing out that they're not looking forward to getting high off of someone else's joint. Other are baffled as to how, for so long, marijuana and alcohol were always compared. Now, it's being aligned with cigarettes.
As a part of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, smoking of any form will still not be allowed on outdoor patios, around common areas of hotels, around playgrounds, and many other public areas.
Such a bad idea. I am 100% supporting of legalization (would have preferred decriminalization) but allowing people to smoke weed in public is just wrong. #notinpublic #ontarioPC https://t.co/Jb7xfBiP8d— Simon nomiS (@Nomis97) September 27, 2018
But, no matter which side of the argument you're on, it's happening. So, it's either time to rejoice or invest in a respirator mask.