The Cannabis Act has been passed, and legislation is set to take effect starting October 17, 2018. But are you aware of what that means for you as a home owner? How will this legislation affect what you do in the privacy of your condo unit?
Can Owners Use Cannabis Within Their Units?
According to the Condo Authority of Ontario’s review of the Cannabis Act, condo owners will be able to use cannabis in the privacy of their units, as well as on shared common element spaces, such as outdoor patios. Owners are also allowed to grow the plant as well, to a maximum of four plants per unit.
What Rights Condo Corporations Have To Manage Cannabis Consumption?
Condo corporations have the right to look out for any behaviours that affect other owners’ enjoyment of the building or facilities, as well as their safety. Much like smoking tobacco, or the allowance of pets, condo corporations can amend some of the rules regarding the consumption of cannabis.
Condo Boards Should Provide You With Notice If They Amend The Rules
If a condo corporation wishes to create rules such as these, they are required to give owners notice of the proposed changes, as well as the date the rules will take affect. There is a process for letting owners know about any changes a condo board wishes to make to the property, as outlined in your condo by-laws.
If you’re not sure how this procedure works, consult a condo real estate lawyer. He or she will review your condo declaration and by-laws, and let you know what your legal rights are before you purchase a property.