Ontario makes U-turn on day-old medical marijuana rule

Ontario’s plan to allow vaping and smoking of medical marijuana anywhere, anytime is going back to the drawing board after a public backlash suggested it was one toke over the line.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla quickly reversed course Thursday over concerns about exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke in restaurants, theatres, offices and other public spaces where tobacco smoking is banned.

“We will consider this feedback, look at it very carefully and see what we need to do,” she told reporters.

“It’s too early to say whether this was a failure or not,” Damerla added. “It’s important that governments be responsive.”

About 23,000 Canadians use medical marijuana under doctors’ prescriptions.

The controversial policy would have exempted medical marijuana from new e-cigarette restrictions taking effect Jan. 1, which ban their use in non-smoking areas.

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