Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government will be going “back to the drawing board” when it comes to allowing the public to vaporizing medical marijuana in places that e-cigarette’s are banned.
Vaporizing medical marijuana was quietly exempted from a law that bans the use of e-cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited, going into effect Jan. 1st. The exception would mean users could vape in the office, on playgrounds, or in restaurants – though employers and restaurant owners can still ban them from smoking on the premises – as of Jan. 1st.
Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla says the exemption was about letting people who are very sick or in a lot of pain access their prescribed medication when they need to.
On Thursday, Damerla said the government would take another look at the exemption based on feedback such as media reports and online comments.
Speaking on Saturday at the Ontario Liberal Provincial Council, Wynne said she would “have a problem” with someone vaporizing medical marijuana next to her in a movie theatre, and that she has a a lot of sympathy with the concerns that have been raised.
Delivering her keynote address, Wynne also touched on the privatization of Hydro One. She defended the highly controversial decision, saying it’s sale will make it possible to fund infrastructure in the province’s North. She also said if an N-D-P or Conservative government had been in power, Hydro One would under-perform for a decade.
Wynne will be joining Mayor John Tory and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.