Marijuana news coming from Halifax might not be so pleasing.
On Wednesday, three men, one armed with a gun, robbed a dispensary, and on Tuesday, a bylaw was issued now allowing toking in a public park.
Halifax police said men, who partially masked their faces, ordered staff at the Green Tree Clinic Dispensary on the Bedford Highway to put money and cannabis into duffel bags.
The robbery targeting a dispensary at gunpoint is the third incident since April, CBC reported.
With no arrests being made so far, the police is urging anyone with information to come forward.
On Tuesday, Halifax’s first set of amendments had made it illegal to smoke marijuana or tobacco in a municipal park. The decision comes after the provincial government has already banned smoking in its parks earlier this year.
Also, Halifax’s second set of amendments has banned smoking on all municipal property, including streets and sidewalks, but allow the municipality to set up designated smoking areas, The Toronto Star reported.
Areas designated for smoking will be announced in September after Canada legalizes the recreational use of marijuana on Oct. 17.
To inform people of the best places where to go smoking, the municipality is ordering about 1,000 signs — some prohibiting and some permitting smoking.
Set of Amendments in Halifax
Other amendments include Banning people in the urban service boundary — which includes peninsular Halifax, most of Dartmouth and many suburban areas — from growing their four legally allowed marijuana plants outside.
Those who smoke in the non-designated areas will be fined from $25 to $2,000, while the fines for growing will range from $1,000 to $10,000.
But municipal solicitor, John Traves, a municipal solicitor, said those penalties are a “last resort,” in an efforts to absorb any criticism about these new bylaws.
“You need a stick at the end of the day if the carrots in the other conversations don’t work,” he told the council.