Ontario considers licensing cannabis lounges

Ontario is considering licensing lounges where people can consume marijuana when the drug becomes legal across Canada, according to regulations published by the province for public comment.

The province also wants the public to weigh in on the idea of apartment and condo owners being allowed to designate areas outside where residents could smoke or vape.

The proposals modify the province’s plan to ban marijuana use in all public places, essentially restricting people to consuming it at home. Critics have pointed out problems with that approach. Children could potentially be exposed to second-hand smoke and vapour in their homes. And apartment and condo dwellers who live in no-smoking buildings would have no place to consume cannabis.

“That’s been identified as a major flaw in the legislation,” says Trina Fraser, an Ottawa lawyer who specializes in cannabis business law. “If you’re not creating venues for people to consume cannabis, you are basically driving

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