Manitoba to Allow Medical Marijuana Users to Smoke, Vape Outdoors

Manitoba to Allow Medical Marijuana Users to Smoke, Vape Outdoors

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Flowering marijuana plants are pictured during a tour of Tweed in Smiths Falls, Ontario on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

WINNIPEG — Medical marijuana users in Manitoba will be allowed to smoke or vape in some outdoor public places after the province announced amendments to the Non-Smokers Health Protection and Vapour Product Act.

The province says the amendments will provide exceptions to general public cannabis consumption restrictions to accommodate medical use.

Under the changes, medical marijuana users will be allowed to smoke or vape medical cannabis in outdoor public places, except:

• within eight metres of a building to which the public has access;
• on (or within eight metres of) a restaurant or bar patio or deck;
• at a stadium or outdoor entertainment venue, or within eight metres of those venues;
• in a wading pool, splash pad or water park, or within eight metres of those locations;
• in or within eight metres of a playground;
• on a public beach; and
• in bus shacks or other similar structures to which the public has access, or within eight metres of such structures.

The amendments come into effect October 17, the same cannabis is legalized in Canada.

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