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Friday, January 4, 2019

Talks On Where Cannabis Can Be Used

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

Bruce County councillor hopes where cannabis is used will be standardized in Bruce & Grey.

A Bruce County councillor is hopeful that rules covering where cannabis can be consumed will become standardized throughout Bruce and possibly Grey County as well.

Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau threw out the suggestion during a presentation by the Grey Bruce Health Unit on cannabis sales and consumption.

Charbonneau suggests if each municipality has its own set of bylaws on cannabis use, citizens will have difficulty discerning the rules from town to town.

He says it would be nice if everyone had the same set of rules for each public area, such as beaches.

Health promoter with the Grey Bruce Health Unit Jason Weppler, likes the idea.

He says restricting the use of pot in outdoor spaces, would be a step in the right direction.

Weppler was before Bruce County Council on January 3rd, speaking on the issues the health unit sees with the legalization of marijuana.

He says the extent of risks and harms of pot are not entirely clear but it is clear that cannabis is NOT benign.

The Health Unit forsees issues with the use of the substance by young people, along with drug-impaired driving issues and the impacts on the fetus or child of pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

The idea of consistent rules of cannabis consumption among municipalities will be brought forward to a future health unit meeting.


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