Cannabis is legal, summer is here and Canadian event planners and organizers are grappling with how to navigate the first summer of chartered consumption since the Cannabis Act came into force.
A solid argument can be made that allowing consumption is one of the first steps towards allowing on-site sales of cannabis—people aren’t going to buy what they can’t consume. So, now that cannabis is legal, are festivals a free-for-all in terms of cannabis use?
Dave MacNeil, CEO of Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO), says a patchwork of provincial and municipal laws means there’s a lot of variation with regard to the rules of consumption at events this summer. “Every municipality is a little bit different on how they’re handling cannabis,” MacNeil explains. “And then, within the municipalities, venues are operating all differently.”
Even in instances where provincial and municipal rules could allow on-site consumption, that doesn’t guarantee that festivalgoers will be allowed to consume freely—or at all. In line with the adage about assuming, MacNeil says attendees wishing to consume cannabis shouldn’t show up at an event expecting that they’ll be able to do so.
Published: June 27, 2019
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