Look around any Canadian city and you will see them anywhere, condos! They pepper the skyline and are being put up at an alarming rate. For the residence of these city dwellings though some concern has been caused by the otherwise celebrated cannabis legalization.
There is a belief from many residence that when Oct 17th hits that many of the Condos will move to ban smoking altogether, leaving many smokers out in the cold, some even looking for a new place to live.
In what once was a legal grey area, with legalisation, becomes more black and white. Whilst condos once focused on banning tobacco smoking, after Oct 17th many will have had to bring in rules banning Cannabis smoking or vaping also.
Also of concern is residents cultivating marijuana plants — legislation will allow four per household for recreational users, six or more for medicinal users — because even such mini grow-ops can cause damaging moisture and mould in units.
One lawyer told CBC said some condo corporations will make special accommodations for residents authorized to smoke medical marijuana and to propagate plants for that use within their units.
Whatever the case we can see many, many tribunals after the big legalisation day as Condo residence realise they might not be able to partake in the festivities.
Condos aren’t the only place to see restrictions, this week West Vancouver has become the latest municipality in Metro Vancouver to ban all cannabis retail and production facilities within its boundaries.
By unanimous vote, councillors decided that no businesses could apply to set up in the municipality without a rezoning hearing.
Whilst Cannabis will be legal, it doesn’t look like we will be seeing many Cannabis shops in West Vancouver any time soon as it joins a number of places saying no the new legal cannabis industry.
This is interesting but not surprising or too dissimilar to alcohol licensing laws that differ across Canada. What we may see is some places becoming hubs of Canada’s newest industry whilst other parts of the country still shun what they perceive is a dangerous drug.
One place that is looking ahead to Cannabis retail though is Ontario who today unveiled their perspective logo for the Ontario Cannabis Store
The logo for the stores is a simple, stark black circle with the acronym inside. The name and logo will be used for the stores and the online sales division, both run by the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp.
“The name is designed to convey a safe, simple and approachable environment for consumers, and agency employees, in a clear and easily understood manner,” says a release from the LCBO.
Ontario plans to open 40 stores to start, expanding to 150 stores by 2020.