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Since October 2018, recreational cannabis has been legal in Canada- but municipalities across the country are still unclear about their authority over consumption. There are a lot of legal grey areas and uncertainties as to how much control municipalities have.

Markham was one of the first cities to opt out of having cannabis retail stores and also restricted consumption of cannabis to private property- but is looking for more ways to further restrict.

Currently, cannabis can legally be smoked wherever tobacco can be smoked. According to the Ontario government website, this includes private residences, certain outdoor public places, designated rooms in hotels and controlled areas in long-term care homes.

Since cannabis consumption is no longer an offence, police will not get involved unless under certain circumstances, such as driving while high. Issues about smoke itself will have to be dealt with by bylaw officers.

However, it is not clear how much authority bylaw officers will have in regards to cannabis consumption. For example, Ontario residents are allowed to grow up to four plants per residence (not per person) and there is concern as to how that will be regulated and controlled.

Municipalities that have opted out, like Markham, will have no control over where the coming legal cannabis stores will be located.

Source: https://www.theepochtimes.com/mayors-want-clarity-on-grey-areas-around-cannabis-consumption_2778238.html

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