When Marko Ivancicevic smokes a spliff in public, he does so where there are no children.
But he doesn’t have to.
In fact, when using his medicinal pot, the 32-year-old from Oshawa can legally light up pretty much anywhere, except a place that has a liquor licence, or where a property owner tells him he can’t. Municipal and provincial anti-smoking laws don’t mention it, while Health Canada simply recommends not to smoke it in public.
The absence of explicit medical-weed smoking regulations can leave users confused as to where they’re allowed to smoke up. Now, in light of an incident in Montreal where a woman using marijuana to medicate a nerve disorder was kicked out of an amusement park, legal experts and pot advocates are calling for more definitive rules to clearly spell out where people are allowed to smoke medical marijuana.
“It’s a systemic issue that really needs to be addressed,” said Ivancicevic, a longtime pot activist who smokes pot to alleviate pain from scoliosis, a club foot, and irritable bowel syndrome.
“It’s very difficult on a day-to-day basis,” he said, recalling instances where he’s been asked to snuff out a joint, or given dirty looks, even if he’s smoking next to people dragging on cigarettes. “I’m just hoping that as time goes on, regardless of which way the laws sway, that the community as a whole becomes a little bit more respectful of the need of individuals that use cannabis as a medicine.”
The federal government first allowed people to apply for medical marijuana licences in 2000. Thirteen years later, there are more than 20,000 Canadians who can legally smoke or produce pot, according to Health Canada.
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