Just 24 hours after announcing it would allow medical marijuana users to blaze in public, the Ontario government is doing an about-face.
Yesterday, Dipika Damerla, the province's associate health minister said the move to allow patients to smoke or vape weed wherever they needed was about "balancing the rights."
Today, however, Damerla told reporters the policy still needed some fine tuning.
"We've heard about the concerns around this regulation and we're going to take this feedback and see if this regulation is the best way to move forward."
The concerns likely came from non-smoking members of the public who questioned whether or not medical marijuana users would be able to smoke at restaurants, playgrounds, church, movie theatres, etc. Technically, as of yesterday, the answer was yes, though Damerla said business owners were allowed to ban people from smoking up on private property.
Under Ontario's current laws, smoking and vaping is prohibited in any enclosed public space, the workplace, and designated outdoor spaces.
The debate certainly makes a strong case for keeping edibles around. Hope you're listening, Vancouver.
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