Quebec will respect the autonomy of cities to regulate the consumption of marijuana

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The cabinet of the delegate minister to public Health, Lucie Charlebois, we confirmed that the cities will have time to treat marijuana like alcohol and not including tobacco if they so wish.

Quebec municipalities that so wish may prohibit the consumption of marijuana in public places, which could lead to the tenants on a quest in a complex of places where to burn up a gasket.

 

Homeowners ‘ associations in quebec have made their nest there are already some months ago : they claim the right to prohibit the consumption of cannabis in the housing, even when the substance will be legalized.

 

Now, that will also raise the voices of the mayors of Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, requesting that the consumption of marijuana — in all its forms is prohibited in the public space.

 

“There must be a straightforward position and precise qc and our recommendation is to allow no consumption of cannabis in public places,” said Stéphane Maher to Duty. “We, what we said is:” you want to consume cannabis, do it at home, there is no problem. But give us the time of having an intellectual consideration, and, perhaps later, if we want to apply an easing, we will be able to do it. “

 

The mayor of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Alain Laplante, sums it up : “marijuana should be treated like alcohol and not including tobacco. “

 

The cabinet of the delegate minister to public Health, Lucie Charlebois, we confirmed that the cities will have the discretion to go forward with this type of regulation if they wish to do so. “It is possible for municipalities to ban cannabis smoking in places other than those that will be included in the provincial act. Municipalities and cities can be more restrictive [than Quebec], but may not be less, ” said the press officer Alexandra Governed.

  

No outside or at home ?

 

The situation could, however, become complex to the tenants, who may be denied the right to smoke cannabis at home. Both the Association of Quebec landlords (APQ) as the Corporation of property owners of Quebec (CORPIQ) claim the right to modify the leases to prohibit tenants from smoking marijuana in their homes.

 

Where will go smoking, the consumers of marijuana of Saint-Jérôme or Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ? “We take [the issue] in exactly the opposite way “, responded the director of public affairs of the CORPIQ, Hans Brouillette. “Let us the last place that a human being has : its remains,” he said, accusing the mayor Maher to remove a problem of public places to push it into the housing. “[In a park], I can walk and get away from it [the smoke]. However, if I have a child in their room and the smell spreads, I can’t wake them up and take them to the park, ” also stated the president of the APQ, Martin A. Messier.

 

His association has already recommended to its members to send notices of modification of the lease — at the same time as the renewals — in order to remove the possibility for tenants to smoke cannabis at home. “There is a risk of legal challenge, so we request the government to allow owners to make the choice to allow or not allow the consumption of cannabis in their homes “, summarized Mr. Messier.

 

In Québec, Stéphane Maher and Alain Laplante are not alone in their wish to prohibit the consumption of cannabis in public spaces. Le Journal de Chambly reported in December that this city will not allow the consumption of marijuana ” in public areas or near places frequented by young people.” Ontario and New Brunswick have also announced that the consumption of cannabis will be banned in public places.

 

A slight line of division is drawn, however, between the approach of the mayors Maher and Laplante and the Union of municipalities of Quebec (UMQ). The first want a ” wall to wall “, a directive of Quebec city, which would apply to all municipalities. The UMQ wants rather than the cities — which it values the autonomy — choose “the laws they wish to adopt, and which may be different from one municipality to the other,” said its president, Alexandre Cusson.

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