Medical marijuana users get OK from Ontario government to vaporize anywhere
Employers, restaurant owners can still ban users from smoking on the premises
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The Liberal government quietly exempted them this week from a law that bans the use of e-cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited. It means medical marijuana users can vaporize in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds.
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"Somebody who really needs it for medical reasons may need to be able to smoke it or vape it. On the other hand, we are very sensitive to people around them. It really is about balancing those rights."
Jonathan Zaid, the founder of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, said the new regulations don't change much since medical marijuana users could already smoke "pretty much" anywhere before the e-cigarette law was passed in May.
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But Zaid highly doubts the change in regulations will mean medical marijuana users flooding playgrounds and restaurants to vaporize.
"Everyone that I know, including myself, who uses medical cannabis is discreet about it. They just want to use it as their medicine to feel better, to live a better quality of life and they don't want to be harassed about it, so that also means they're not typically likely to do it in a very public space."
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath didn't sound especially shocked by the exemption either.