Marijuana is supposed to be legal in Canada as of next July. Since 2015, medical marijuana users can smoke in many spaces where smoking cigarettes is otherwise banned.
“Medical marijuana you can smoke almost anywhere,” said Tiara. “Still, it’s very frowned upon. From Oshawa to Pickering, there are a lot of medical marijuana patients who have nowhere to go.”
“We’re really trying to follow the law to the best of our ability,” she said.
But it's a difficult area, one on which many seem unclear, as medical marijuana users can light up just about anywhere in Ontario, and legalization legislation is coming down the pipe.
To McLean, the bottom line is smoking weed is not legal in Canada at this time, and he does not feel the lounge is appropriate.
“I think it’s more of a social thing, as opposed to a medicine thing,” he said of the lounge.