On October 17, 2018 cannabis was legalized in Canada.
October 16, 2018, Markham Council passed a new Cannabis By-law that further protects the health and well-being of Markham residents, and ensures local community needs and concerns are fully addressed.
What does this mean for Markham Residents?
- Smoking and vaporizing do recreational cannabis is prohibited in all public places in Markham
- Offenders may be subject it fines or penalties of up to $1000
- Medical cannabis use is exempt from this by-lay and subject to relevant federal and provincial legislation
Cannabis consumption is generally restricted to private residences.
No person shall smoke or vaporize cannabis, or hold or otherwise use lighted cannabis in any public place, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Anthony Roman Centre
- Facilities owned by the City of Markham including, arenas, community centres, libraries, parks and pools
- Parks, trails and natural areas
- All schools, daycare and other childcare facilities
- Roads, sidewalks and municipal boulevards
- Shopping centres and retail establishments
- Commercial or business and premises
- Public and private parking lots
The negative health risks associated with smoking of any kind (tobacco or cannabis) are well documented in academic and medical research. This is especially true with respect to youth. Markham’s new Cannabis By-law will better protect the quality of life for residents and visitors and ensure our public spaces continue to be enjoyed by all.