City Councillor wants pot lounges, not pot parks


The decision leaves many renters and condo owners hamstrung by city bylaws if they want to smoke legal pot, as recreational use is banned in all public places.

If approved, the proposal from Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra would have exempted cannabis users in Ward 9 from the public ban at pot parks in Inglewood, Bridgeland and Ogden.

The idea went up in smoke, at least for now. And while city councillors still have the option to designate cannabis consumption sites in their wards, Coun. Shane Keating believes the total public ban on pot use is only a temporary measure.

He said Calgarians will eventually be able to visit pot lounges, meeting the need of citizens who can’t smoke in their homes because of the bylaw while taking consumption out of the public arena.

“That will be coming, so skip all the hysteria about we don’t have anything today,” Keating said a day after proposed public consumption sites were taken off the table. “It’s change, it’s going to come.”

Pot lounges have been operating in Canadian cities for years, usually under the blind eye of law enforcement.

Vancouver’s Cannabis Culture — started by Canada’s self-proclaimed Prince of Pot Marc Emery — charges a fee to enter and access pipes, bongs, vaporizers and other pot paraphernalia.

They also have munchies available for a post-smoke snack.

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