You will soon be able to light up a joint wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted. The Progressive Conservatives made the announcement on Wednesday, loosening rules established by the previous Liberal regime.
Under previous consumption rules, those over 19 would have only been able to smoke cannabis at home when pot becomes legal Oct. 17. The proposed legislation eases the regulations to allow marijuana to be smoked in the same places as cigarettes.
Smoking pot in vehicles or boats that are being operated will be prohibited. Breaking the rules would see people subjected to fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 upon conviction.
Meantime, the government will also not put a cap on pot shops when it starts licensing and regulating the province’s cannabis retail marketplace, and municipalities will have until January to opt out of hosting the stores.
Norfolk County Council announced on Tuesday that marijuana shops would not be allowed — which angered hundreds on social media.