What you need to know about smoking pot in Canadian campgrounds

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    October 17th is tomorrow. It’s the day that cannabis (pot, weed, Mary Jane, etc.) becomes legal in laid-back Canada. And as usual with any new law, there is a lot of misunderstanding about where you can use it. (Bob Difley’s comments are in italics.)

    So let’s let Parks Canada explain where campers are permitted to partake, as reported by Pot Stock News.


    On Monday, October 15th, Parks Canada said that individuals are allowed to use cannabis when camping at registered sites across the country.

    Like most things involved with the October 17th cannabis legalization, it’s important to know all the facts first. For instance, know that “campers won’t be allowed to smoke cannabis in common areas on campsites (do they mean campgrounds?), such as playgrounds. It’s going to depend on the province, but for the most part, campers and hikers will only be allowed to smoke cannabis on hiking trails and in the backcountry of national parks.” (Is that clear? And does that mean just smoking or does it include edible pot snacks?)

    There have already been a few towns and villages that announced their cannabis rules for after Canadian cannabis legalization takes place. While Lake Louise in Alberta will allow public cannabis use, Banff and Jasper, which are also in Alberta, will not allow the use of cannabis in public areas. (You may need a new list of rules wherever you camp in Canada.)

    It’s not surprising that each province will have their own say on campers using cannabis in registered campsites. After all, the divide between Canadian provinces is one of the main reasons legalization was pushed from the summer to the fall.

    What do you think about Parks Canada allowing cannabis use in national parks? While it makes sense (I mean, it’s being legalized), there are a few issues that could be mentioned. For instance, will there be more pollution (like discarded half-smoked joints)? Is there going to be a danger to the surrounding wildlife (second-hand smoke)?

    Let us know what you think in the comments below.

    Note from the editor: Be aware that transporting cannabis in any form across the U.S./Canada border, in either direction, is illegal.

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    Ronnie Bolling

    If you want to learn the facts about MJ and other illegal drugs vs a bunch of reefer-madness propaganda that has ZERO basis in science, please visit:

    https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/

    FROM their site:
    “Law Enforcement Action Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of police, prosecutors, judges, corrections officials, and other law enforcement officials advocating for criminal justice and drug policy reforms that will make our communities safer and more just.”

    And then if you want to see how Portugal, and other nations, have actually tackled the drug problem in ways that WORK vs the insanity that the USA has fostered since the 70s, Google “Portugal drug decriminalization.” You’ll find that about all of the USA’s anti-drug beliefs and practices that stemmed from those erroneous beliefs in an attempt to address the problem – – are just plain wrong.

    Rory

    I would like to know where some of these stats are coming from. It seems like folks that oppose anything can come up with such alarming stats. Yet no one mentions that states like Colorado have benefited by $21m a year from Marijuana taxes. I didn’t see anyone bring out the “gateway drug” reasons for not legalizing pot, I guess that one has been disproven. There are more current stats that more and more senior citizens are using either pot or TLC based drugs for a number of symptoms, pain, health concerns. Most pot smokers would want to stay as far away from anyone with an anti-pot attitude, as you want to stay away from a smoker. Driving under the influence is illegal and stupid. In Co there are resorts and rv parks that cater to pot smokers and all you have to is stay away from them. These chains are considering opening some parks and resorts in Ca, Wa, Or, & Nv. Since it is legal they make no bones about it, so they are easy to avoid for those who object…….

    CJG

    As a Canadian I’m not happy with the situation as I’m allergic to pot. You can’t walk down the street drinking a beer but it seems like it’s okay to smoke pot on the street. It hasn’t been well thought out but else would you expect from a PM that is a trust fund idiot.

    squeakytiki

    No surprise at the majority of the comments here being anti-marijuana. Bunch of sticks in the mud. I’d call you all old, but I’m up there in years myself.

    George

    As stated U.S. federal law prohibits pot. Until two weeks ago, we, in Canada, were told that U.S. border officials would not allow anyone involved with pot in Canada to enter the U.S. This included growers and sellers and also even if you just held stock in a pot company. Added were accountants who did books for pot associated people. That policy has now been eased according to news media.

    Elaine

    I worry most about fire risk, from cigarettes as well as any other smoke product. The smell is also disturbing to me, so if there is a no smoking area, that would be my preference. Contact high can be a problem if there is too much smoke around.

    Greg Illes

    When I was a kid, I smoked tobacco and weed. After a while, I decided that putting burned ashes into the delicate recesses of my lungs was inexcusably stupid, and I stopped doing that.

    After 50 years, I have not changed my opinion.

    Oh BTW — nobody mentions fire risk???

    Arvid Myhre

    I just keep wondering were all the anti smoking types are? Well I guess we will just join the 4 states were pot legal and see a 6 % raise in accidents and out insurance rates also rise.

    Seann

    Parks Canada needs to give its head a shake just to see if there is anything in there… Smoking pot on a hiking trail? Would you drink on a hiking trail? How much is this stupidity going to cost them in mountain rescue?

    TravelingMan

    What’s next? Meth? Cocaine? Why not just legalize it all? There are no affects from alcohol OR Mary Jane. Then, will have all of the gambling, drinking, smoking, shorter life expectancies in place. Sure, your insurance rates will be affected a little but it’s worth it. Right? Our kids are doing just fine! What an influence we all are. And you will never pass a drug test, but manufacturers are loosening that restriction already. We’re still missing one though…The right to die with dignity. We need that too. What ever happened to Jack Kavorkian? He should be exonerated.

    What a messed up world…

    Garry Hammond

    While I am a proud Canadian, and I am rather passive about the new “legalization”, as it has been available through mail-order (illegally) for quite some time now.
    Yup, Canada Post has been delivering it right to your door for years.
    I ‘am’ opposed to anyone smoking ‘anything’ for obvious health reasons.
    I say make cookies, make brownies, make oils, put it into “mile high spaghetti sauce”, just don’t smoke it – for your own health.
    My two cents! 🙂