New marijuana-use rules for Waterloo region approved by council

People in Waterloo region will not be allowed to smoke pot at bus stops, government buildings or inside community housing — that's according to bylaw changes approved at regional council Wednesday night.

New changes mean people can't smoke weed on regional properties

The new 'code of use' bylaw dictates that smoking cannabis anywhere on regional properties will be prohibited, except on designated smoking areas in region-owned community housing. (Joe Mahoney/Canadian Press)

People in Waterloo region will not be allowed to smoke pot at bus stops, government buildings or inside community housing — that's according to bylaw changes approved at regional council Wednesday night.

Regional council made changes to it's "code of use" bylaw, which covers how people can use municipally-owned property.

According to the new bylaw, smoking recreational and non-medicinal marijuana will be prohibited on regional properties, including bus shelters and administrative headquarters. 

The only exception to the rule will be made for tenants and residents living in the region's community housing and Sunnyside home complex, in designated smoking areas. 

Kris Fletcher, the region's director of council and administrative services, says most of those community housing properties already have designated smoking areas. 

Fletcher says there will also be accommodations made for medical marijuana. 

Regional employees will also not be allowed to smoke cannabis on regional properties, unless there's an accommodation for medical reasons. 

"Those will have to be done through an accommodation plan through our human resources department," Fletcher said. 

Fletcher says the region's newly developed cannabis working group is finalizing their "fit for duty" policy for employees to further clarify what "impairment" means. 

The new bylaw will take effect on Oct. 17.