As Canada cruises towards legalization, Nova Scotia’s cannabis laws are shaping up in some strange ways. Did you know Nova Scotians face the possibility of being banned from consuming (and even handling!) cannabis on their private property while you can freely blaze at the local golf course?
Some landlords ban practically everything except thinking about cannabis in Nova Scotia
A property management company in Nova Scotia sent the letter pictured below to residents of one of their buildings that details changes being made to their Lease Agreements in response to cannabis legalization which basically says no cannabis. At all.
According to the letter:
“No resident, occupant, guest or visitor is permitted to smoke, vape, grow, cultivate, sell, handle or distribute recreational cannabis anywhere on the property, including within private units.”
That means cannabis is banned in all indoor, private, public, common, and outdoor areas of the property.
Mind you, that’s only for recreational cannabis- there is no mention of medicinal cannabis anywhere in the letter. But you can bet that there are residents and cannabis activists already gearing up to fight these draconian restrictions.
that residents would have to manually type into their browsers because this is a piece of paper that can’t hyperlink, which makes you wonder why the landlord couldn’t have at least provided an easier URL? But I digress.
If you follow that link, you’re brought to a page titled New Rules for Tenants and Landlords Cannabis Control Act and the Residential Tenancies Act that says:
“Landlords now have the authority to amend existing leases to put new rules in place about recreational cannabis smoking and cultivation.”
Also, landlords must provide 4 months’ written notice of changes any time before Apr. 30, 2019. That’s why, for this letter dated May 25th, the change is effective as of October 1, 2018.
Once tenants have received this notice, they have one month to decide whether they still want to live there, and if they’re moving out, they must give their landlord a 3 months’ heads up.
Another stipulation of these new rules is that any changes must comply with section 9A of the Residential Tenancies Act.
Nova Scotia’s Smoke-Free Places Act, according to CTV, bans the smoking or vaping of cannabis near playgrounds, publicly owned sport and recreation sites, public trails, and provincial parks and beaches — except within a rented campsite.
“It is truly difficult to believe that we have arrived at third reading of Bill No. 108 [aka Nova Scotia’s Cannabis Control Act], and not one amendment was accepted.
We couldn’t even get the NDP to support us [against the leading Liberal party] in eliminating golf courses from allowing you to light up a joint while playing the historic and growing sport amongst our youth.”
And yeah, it may sound kind of weird that there is an exception made for golf courses, but if you were allowed to toke up before teeing off, couldn’t it drastically cut back on the swearing and thereby save innocent children’s ears?
Or perhaps the Liberal’s rationale was that golf courses are wide open with enough room for the smoke to dissipate and not bother the people behind you, as long as you don’t hold them up too much?
But PC leader MacFarlane has a different theory, telling Halifax Today, “For some reason, those individuals must have had some amount of power over government at the time because golf courses are exempt”. But wait, since campsites are also exempt as previously mentioned, does that mean the camping lobby is in on it too?
I’m joking, of course, but what I am wondering is why she’s trying to take away the last few places where cannabis smoking in public is allowed in Nova Scotia (at least for now), and what does she really have against enjoying a little green on the greens?