The Consumer Choice Center out of Toronto is crying foul over proposed amendments to Elkford’s smoking bylaw.
The changes could ban cannabis and vaping from all public places in the District.
Mayor Dean McKerracher says their goal is to treat cannabis like alcohol in pursuing a public ban.
But David Clement with the Consumer Choice Center out of Toronto says that comparison is unfair and leaves cannabis users with less options than people consuming alcohol.
“There are no rules that prohibit consuming alcohol in your own home, regardless of whether you rent or buy,” Clement says. “There are also establishments where you can go to purchase and consume alcohol, like restaurants and bars. Those aren’t going to exist, at least right now, for cannabis.”
Clement says this recreates prohibition for many residents.
“If you rent your home, you are almost never allowed to smoke in your house. A public consumption ban means that you can’t smoke outside of your house, all while its currently illegal to smoke indoors in commercial settings, places like bars and lounges,” Clement says. “And so it leaves low income residents outside of legalization.”
Clement is urging Elkford residents to voice their concerns at upcoming public hearing on the bylaw September 19th.
Council is set to vote on the proposed bylaw September 24th.
– David Clement, Consumer Choice Center