Pot smokers free to light up on Province House grounds
The legislature and its surrounding property are exempt from municipal bylaws
Halifax became a largely smoke-free zone after the city beefed up bylaws in anticipation of legalized marijuana but in the heart of downtown remains a large public space untouched by municipal rules and, consequently, open for toking: the grounds of the provincial legislature.
Although the nearest designated municipal smoking area is a couple of blocks away on Argyle Street, Province House and its property are exempt from municipal control.
Murphy said he didn't personally want anyone to smoke a joint on the property, but there's nothing to prevent them from doing that.
"Well, there's really not much I can do right at this particular point in time, other than keep an eye on things," he told CBC News.
The parking lot outside the legislature was already a popular place to smoke cigarettes for a number of MLAs and some staff who work at the legislature.
The other side of the building, with its statue of Joe Howe, remains a construction zone as work continues to beautify the grounds in the hopes of making them more inviting to visitors.
The property's free-to-smoke status may be one more reason for some people to drop by and admire its stone work, which the legislature's website says "has been characterized by some as the finest example of Palladian architecture in the country."