Weed ban means no Rocky Mountain excessive for Canada’s Calgary Stampede .
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Canada’s Calgary Stampede, generally known as the nation’s largest and booziest annual social gathering, is banning using hashish within the first 12 months that legislators made the drug authorized nationwide.
An indication is posted on a fence within the concessions space baning using hashish on the grounds throughout the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nia Williams
The Stampede, which began on Thursday and runs by means of July 14, attracts vacationers from around the globe for its rodeo and chuckwagon races, however a lot of the revelry occurs away from official venues at events hosted by oil and gasoline firms.
Hashish consumption is not going to be allowed within the 230-acre Stampede Park, though alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking are permitted in sure areas, stated Stampede spokeswoman Jennifer Sales space.
“With (cannabis legalization) legislation being so new, we’re taking the opportunity to learn the impact of having cannabis use at other events,” Sales space stated, including that she has acquired supportive feedback concerning the coverage. “If someone is found using cannabis, they’re just going to be asked politely to not use it.”
Canada turned the primary developed nation to legalize leisure hashish final 12 months. A number of provinces minimize their cannabis-revenue forecasts due to provide shortages and better costs in contrast with the black market.
Calgary’s hashish bylaw forbids consumption for leisure use in public locations, with violations incurring fines of C$100 ($76.30). The legislation permits public occasions to offer designated hashish consumption areas, just like beer gardens.
The Stampede opted to not license a hashish space because of the park being a “family gathering place,” Sales space stated.
To Gordon Hayes, director of occasions with the Calgary Hashish Membership, the Stampede’s coverage is heavy-handed and problematic for individuals who use hashish for medical circumstances.
“We’re supposed to be the wild, wild West,” Hayes stated. “People say they’re trying to protect kids, but in my mind, seeing a guy fall down drunk and puke on himself is a more damaging image than someone consuming cannabis.”
On the Stampede grounds, some applauded the weed ban.
“I think it’s a good thing because of children,” stated S. Levan, a mom of 1 baby from Calgary. “People shouldn’t be smoking at all in public.”
Calgary, located close to the Rocky Mountains, is the company coronary heart of Canada’s oil business.
Regardless of chilly temperatures, crowds lined the parade route downtown, many wearing cowboy hats, boots, denims and plaid shirts.
Stampede attendance was down by 30% on Thursday from the primary day a 12 months earlier amid wet climate, organizers stated. Final 12 months, the Stampede drew almost 1.three million folks.
Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Nia Williams in Calgary; Modifying by Matthew Lewis and Susan Thomas