Parks Canada allowing pot use at campsites, hiking trails

Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News 

Parks Canada announced this week that marijuana can be consumed at its campsites – part of a policy of offering visitors a consistent and predictable experience at national parks across the country.

In some provinces, including Ontario, campers will be allowed to smoke pot on hiking trails as long as the trails aren’t within the campgrounds themselves. Marijuana won’t be permitted in common areas within campgrounds such as playgrounds, kitchen shelters, washrooms, parking areas or roads within Parks Canada’s network of parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas and historic waterways. Parks Canada’s approach to cannabis will be similar to its policy on the possession and consumption of alcohol.

Parks Canada officials say campers should learn about provincial and municipal laws on cannabis before bringing marijuana to a national park and warn that pot impairment can increase the risk of serious injury.

Canadians will be allowed to take up to 30 grams of cannabis with them on domestic flights and the legal amount can be carried in either a checked bag or carry-on. It remains illegal to transport cannabis outside of Canada even to another jurisdiction where it’s legal.

Cannabis Is The New Kale? Ontario Veggie Growers Are Turning A New Shade Of “Green”

Article by Richard Butler and Giselle Davidian

Ahead of the federal government’s anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018, some Canadian vegetable growers are turning to cannabis for relief from years of thinning profit margins.   In addition to the higher revenue potential of cannabis compared to traditional crops, in some cases cannabis production requires less labour and moisture than traditional crops.   Also consider recent reports that suggest current Canadian production levels of cannabis could fall short of demand.

As a result, many growers and greenhouse operators see cannabis as a way to cope with the long-standing challenges of vegetable production, including foreign competition and high costs.   Can we expect to see a shift from the production of green vegetables to green buds?

Before rushing to meet the demand for cannabis, growers in Ontario or owners of commercial space planning to lease to a cannabis production tenant should be aware of the environmental laws and regulations applicable to cannabis operations.

To read the full article, click here.

With the assistance of Lauren Wortsman, Summer Student.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

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