The cohabitation, the dead angle of the legalization

News 26 January, 2018
  • Boris Proulx

    Friday, 26 January, 2018 01:00

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    OTTAWA | The expulsion of a consumer of medical cannabis that has bothered its neighbors with its smoke opens the way to more of the problems of coexistence, as a result of the improvisation of the liberal government in its project of legalization, according to the opposition, to Ottawa.

    “It was against the legalization for all the problems that come with marijuana, such as this one. This is not because it will become legal that we must accommodate the people [who smoke cannabis], ” responded the curator Pierre Paul-Hus, a spokesman for his party in matters of public safety.


    Yesterday, The Journal revealed that Ronald Chartier, 54 years old, became the first tenant referred by an expulsion of its housing in Quebec for its consumption of medical cannabis prescribed by a doctor.

    The housing authority has concluded on 8 January that its smoke was a nuisance to its owners, who live just below.

    For the leader of the second opposition in Ottawa, Jagmeet Singh, the balance between the right of tenants and owners has been dumped into the court of the provinces by Ottawa.

    “It is necessary to recognize that the provinces are in a difficult situation […] the issue is complex,” he said in a press conference in Ottawa.


    It has, however, issued statements sympathetic to the tenants users of cannabis, who can become vulnerable if they lose their housing.

    “We must respect the law when it says something is legal,” adds Mr. Singh.

    The office of the federal minister responsible for housing, Jean-Yves Duclos, said that this matter is a provincial jurisdiction. The cabinet of the minister of Health and responsible for the issue of cannabis, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, has nothing you want to add.