Ontario residents will be able to light up a joint wherever they can smoke cigarettes, according to a decision made by the province’s Progressive Conservatives, overturning some of the stricter regulations initially established by Liberal government before them.
The previous consumption rules stated that Ontario users would only be able to smoke cannabis in their private residences. The law will still prohibit consuming the substance while in a vehicle that is in operation, and it comes with a pretty hefty fine.
This legislation seems very much tied with the province’s decision to foster a private cannabis retail marketplace, which will place no caps on the number of pot shops in a given area. Some feel the Tory government’s more relaxed approach to cannabis legislation could lead to difficulties with regulation down the line.
"It certainly is a complete free market that may flood Ontario," Liberal legislator Nathalie Des Rosiers told CTV News. "The cautious approach that we had used is a little bit undermined here."
As the law currently stands, the province will be one of the few areas that allow for public consumption.