A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette.  Those "vaping" marijuana will be exempt from limitations on where one can otherwise use e-cigarettes in Ontario

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette. Those "vaping" marijuana will be exempt from limitations on where one can otherwise use e-cigarettes in Ontario
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“Vaping” pot OK in public in Ontario

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“Vaping” which involves electronic cigarettes looks like smoking but usually doesn’t involve tobacco. The devices vapourize a flavoured liquid which looks like smoke but theoretically without the harm of tobacco smoke.

Neverless, vaping is now being treated and regulated in Ontario, as well as other provinces to conform with tobacco smoking laws and bans on smoking in public areas like restaurants, bars, or inside any building, along with restrictions on smoking in public spaces.

Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Long-Term Care and Wellness)
Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Long-Term Care and Wellness) One day after announcing exemptions to Ontario’s smoking laws for use of medical marijuana, Damerla said today, the province is reconsidering thep olicy. © government of Ontario

However, a new ruling in the central province of Ontario means that people who have a medical authorization to use marijuana, can now vape their pot in public places where it is to be banned starting January 1st.. Indded it seems you can also smoke pot in public spaces as well, if you have the medical authorization.

This week the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced regulations to amend the Electronic Cigarette Act and the Smoke Free Ontario Act to confirm “that the ban on using an e-cigarette in smoke-free places does not apply to a medical marijuana user who uses an e-cigarette for medical [purposes]”

This means that those with a medical permission to use marijuana can now vape in public parks, movie theatres, restaurants, government buildings and so on.

However, Ontario’s Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla has said that employers and business owners can individually overrule the exemption and specify that their particular operation does not or will not allow vaping on premises. They can also ask for proof that a person has medical authorization to use pot.

An organization calling itself Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana  have praised the province’s exemption. In a press release Jonathan Zaid, Founder and Executive Director of CFAMM said

“This is another important milestone in the recognition of the legitimacy of the use of cannabis as a medicine. Ontario has taken a huge step forward by exempting medical cannabis patients and their use of vaporizers”

He added, “Many patients, including myself, choose to vaporize their medicine, and any prohibition on vaporizer use would have severely limited the ability of patients to use their medication as prescribed. We applaud the Ministry of Health for its receptiveness and response on removing the prohibition of medical marijuana vaporizer use from the Acts.”

Responding to concerns about allowing vaping of marijuana, Associate minister Damerla said there is a very limited number of people medically authorized to use marijuana, and that is a question of balancing rights adding that the government consulting in depth with the medical community before permitting the exemption.

ONTARIO FLIP FLOP?

However, on Thursday, just one day after she announced the precedent setting policy which would allow medical marijuana use in public, Associate Minister Damerla said the province is now reconsidering the policy.  No details are available at this time

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One comment on ““Vaping” pot OK in public in Ontario
  1. Avatar ryan says:

    This is a tad silly, first off: medical marijuana does not ‘cure’ anything, and the FDA has never approved it for anything. ‘medical’ marijuana is classified as a ‘schedule I’ drug which basically means it is highly probable for abuseand contains Delta-9 tetra-hydro cannabinol(THC) which is a neurotoxin. Neurotoxins will damage nerve tissue. This is what leads to things like: memory loss, difficulty in learning, distorted perception, trouble with thinking and problem solving, loss of motor skills, decrease in muscle strength, increased heart rate, and anxiety.

    The worst of it all though is the message that marijuana is safe to use.

    Then you have e-juice vapes which contain:

    1) Propylene Glycol, a compound contained in all the foods we eat and personal care products.
    2) Vegetable Glycerine, also found in food products, cosmetics,
    3) Aqueous Glycerine
    then you have options like food flavoring and nicotine which can be anywhere from 0%-5% depending on the strength.

    SO it is very safe to say that vaping in general makes no sense why exactly it is banned when you can do your medical mary when the facts clearly show vaping nicotine is the equivalent to drinking coffee.