Halifax Council Has Yet to Determine Which Places are OK for Smoking

HALIFAX — Smoking in Halifax is being restricted to designated areas within the next few months, but the city has yet to decide where those places will be.

Council recently voted to accept recommendations on the municipal framework for upcoming cannabis legalization, including the prohibition of smoking on all municipal land unless otherwise indicated.

The estimated annual cost of enforcing an all-out smoking ban and restrictions around cannabis cultivation is estimated to be about $970,000 a year.

That includes the need for an additional eight bylaw compliance officers and modifications to existing signage.

Coun. Matt Whitman voted against the amendment, saying Monday that it’s going to be hard to enforce and that banning smoking on all municipal property isn’t the right approach.

The municipality’s chief administrative officer will have the ability to choose where designated smoking spaces will be, which are expected to come into effect after Labour Day.

The report says unlawful smoking could lead to fines of $25 to $2,000.

(Global News)

The Canadian Press

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