Canada has once again shown that—along with healthcare, education, and military spending—it's also surpassing the flaming wreckage known as America in cannabis policy. Next month, Canada will make cannabis legal nationwide, the largest country yet to do so. With that move, provinces are making some great choices regarding consumption.
This week, officials announced plans to update the Ontario Smoke Free Act to include cannabis, requiring cannabis consumers to follow the same rules as tobacco consumers as far as partaking in public. By placing cannabis on par with tobacco, lawmakers are seeking to address the fact that smokers gonna smoke.
Lawmakers are proposing that those who smoke or vape cannabis be allowed to do so anywhere cigarette smoking is allowed. But they are also expected to follow the same rules as far as restrictions go, meaning no smoking in enclosed spaces, within 20 meters of a children's play area, or nine meters of a public building. (One meter equals... some... amount of American feet, which is God's true favorite unit of measure.)
Cannabis would also not be allowed to be consumed in a moving boat or car, and violators would face a first-time fine of up to $1,000 Canadian dollars.
As the Toronto Sun reports, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney "said she expects there could be many complaints about neighbors smoking cannabis next door, but the federal government has decided to legalize use of the drug." As Mulroney herself put it: “If you’re able to smoke tobacco in your home, then you’ll be able to use cannabis as well."