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Posted: October 15, 2018

Cannabis use in national parks explained

This Wednesday, October 17, cannabis becomes legal in Canada.

Among the most considered issues with the legalization of cannabis is where one can consume it, with each province and territory establishing different regulations.

Parks Canada today released information on provincial, territorial, and municipal cannabis legislation and how it applies to national parks, historic sites, marine conservation areas, and Rouge National Urban Park.

“Some Parks Canada locations or townsites may have additional regulations or restrictions. Understanding local laws on cannabis use is important when planning your trip. Always check the official regulations for the province, territory, or municipality you will be visiting,” Parks Canada advises.

Where cannabis can be used at Parks Canada places

  • Campgrounds in all provinces and territories.
  • In Parks Canada campgrounds, cannabis consumption will be limited to the visitor’s campsite.
  • Consumption will not be permitted in campground common areas (such as playgrounds, kitchen shelters, washrooms, trails, or roads.)

In British Columbia national parks, such as Kootenay, Yoho etc.

  • Public use (including day-use areas): Allowed – No smoking or vaping within six metres of buildings;
  • Registered Parks Canada campsites: Allowed;
  • Campground common areas: Not allowed;
  • Backcountry:  Allowed;
  • Trails: Allowed;
  • Playgrounds: No smoking or vaping within six metres of playgrounds;
  • Townsite of Field (Yoho National Park): Allowed in public areas within the town boundary.

Visit this link for more information on cannabis in B.C.

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