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.

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