Bluesfest to allow patrons smoke medical marijuana, tobacco

Organizers of Bluesfest are ensuring that there is a consumption area for medical cannabis (Image via Ottawa Festivals)

For the first time in the festival’s 24 years of existence, a smoking area will be provided for the consumption of medical cannabis and tobacco at Bluesfest.

This will also be the first time a Canadian festival can have cannabis smoking.

The festival started Thursday and will continue till July 15 on the grounds of the Canadian War Museum at LeBreton Flats Park.

Mark Monahan, the executive director of Bluesfest, said they are trying to be proactive of the coming legalization.

“It is a very hot and confusing topic right now, and these things will take time to sort out. We’re trying to be proactive on this and trying to make the best of the situation and try to please everybody. For those who don’t want to be around smokers, we have a place to send the smokers.”

Patrons will not be required to scan in and out of the newly designated smoking area, which will be located near the main concert bowl. However proof of prescription will be required, and food and alcohol will be prohibited.

The organizers are trying to ensure that the smoking area complies with the stipulated regulations issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.