SHORT ANSWER — they shouldn’t be. Premier John Horgan said this week that marijuana smokers may have to abide by the same public smoking rules as tobacco users when cannabis becomes legal next year. He seems to leave some doubt, though, that the same rules would be applied.
That’s a weird answer when it’s so obvious that people who are affected by second-hand pot smoke would be at least equally affected as by cigarette smoke, and probably more, given the potential hallucinogenic and other side effects of smoking pot.
Horgan says people are coming at him from both sides in the debate. Some are concerned about second-hand pot smoke, others say they’re looking forward to smoking a joint in community areas, with the idea that they would have a little walk, and smoke as they enjoy the scenery.
Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.