EDITORIAL: What legal pot means for Ontario

Canada becomes the second country in the world — the other is Uruguay — to legalize the sale of marijuana, on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ran on doing it in the 2015 election.

The debate about whether it’s a good idea is over.

What the government hasn’t done a good job of is explaining the implications of legalization.

So here’s some advice for how the law will be applied in Ontario (see

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) since each province is responsible for its own implementation.

While medical marijuana has been legal for years, it’s subject to different rules than pot for recreational users.

In Ontario, non-medical users must be at least 19 years of age and can only purchase legal pot, initially, online from the Ontario Cannabis Store, to a maximum of 30 grams (about one ounce) at any one time.

Legal pot is expected to be available in designated retail stores as of April 1, 2019.

You must be at least 19 to grow marijuana plants in your residence for personal use, with a limit of four plants per household, not four per person.

The rules for consuming marijuana while driving are similar to those for alcohol.

You can’t smoke pot in a vehicle or a boat that is in motion, or at risk of being put into motion.

You can’t have any marijuana in your system if you are driving a car and are under 21 years of age, or have a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence. Penalties for driving stoned are similar to those for driving drunk.

Just because marijuana will be legal doesn’t mean you can show up at work stoned, just as you can’t show up drunk.

You don’t have to be convicted of a criminal offence to be fired from your job if you don’t follow your employer’s rules.

Where you can smoke pot will be similar to where you can smoke cigarettes. If you’re in doubt, ask.

While pot will be legal in Canada, you can’t take it to other countries where it isn’t, including the U.S., so don’t put marijuana in your luggage or have it on your person when crossing Canada’s international borders.

And let’s be careful out there.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies