Smoking bylaw to be updated

By Jessica Dempsey

March 22, 2018 11:03 AM

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With the impending legalization of cannabis, city council was presented with many different bylaws which will need updating to encompass cannabis.
On Monday at the Governance and Priorities Committee meeting, council was given a draft Smoking Bylaw.
The current bylaw, which prohibits smoking of tobacco products in enclosed public and enclosed work places, will now need to include cannabis.
The draft bylaw states cannabis will not be smoked in a public place or vehicle.
However, smoking tobacco products is accepted in designated areas.
“Certainly we haven’t enforced it as greatly as we can,” Mayor Gerald Aalbers said about the bylaw on smoking tobacco products.
Education, Aalbers said was going to be a main aspect because tobacco users usually know where they can and cannot smoke.
“The smoking bylaw will apply to (cannabis smokers) as well, so they will have to be aware of those regulations,” he said.

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