Last night, it was announced medical marijuana users in Ontario would get the O-K from the Liberal government to use vaporizers anywhere in the province.
The new exemptions would allow medical marijuana users to vaporize or smoke marijuana in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds, unless establishment owners decide to specifically ban such actions, ccording to Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla.
Medical marijuana advocates applauded the exemptions.
“This is another important milestone in the recognition of the legitimacy of the use of cannabis as a medicine”.
Because medicinal marijuana users could still vape anywhere before the e-cigarette law was passed in May, the change merely protects the existing rights of pot users rather than offering up new ones, according to Jonathan Zaif of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana. “They just want to use it as their medicine to feel better, to live a better quality of life and they don’t want to be harassed about it, so that also means they’re not typically likely to do it in a very public space”.
“It sounds like they need to do a little bit more homework”, said Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown.
The Canadian Cancer Society warns on its website that “people exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke may have numerous same health problems as people exposed to cigarette smoke, including an increased risk of cancer”. But, he says he does not support the new exemption. Verification and proof should always be carried by the medical marijuana users.
“We know that Health Canada has issued some warnings about exposure of young people to the smoke and vapor of medical marijuana and that’s something we have to keep in mind”, she said.
When asked how she would react to someone smoking medical weed next to her in a restaurant, she quipped she would “probably eat more”.