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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Opening of the Cannabis Carnival at Exhibition Place in Toronto

At Toronto's Exhibition Place, the Cannabis Carnival begins.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new carnival with a bring your bud policy has started on the grounds of Toronto’s Exhibition Place.
  • MADD provided the business with educational recommendations, such as the present display posters and raising awareness of driving while intoxicated and its consequences.
  • According to Dunschat, the organization was moved by the fact that alcohol won’t be served in any areas of the event where people might smoke.

On the grounds of Toronto’s Exhibition Place, a new carnival has begun with a bring your own bud policy.

The Grande Bizarre supper club is already a well-liked hangout for people who want to swim, sunbathe, and eat delectable food. Cannabis Carnival is also situated on the premises, although in a restricted area.

“We do not advocate using cannabis. We support responsible cannabis use and safe cannabis use; president Zlatko Starkovski told Global News.

He claims they sought regulatory and instructional advice by collaborating closely with several organizations. According to Starkovski, they abide by the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

The location does not sell cannabis. Customers must instead bring their own.

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A wall separates the spaces for customers who prefer a smoke-free atmosphere. Additionally, it is isolated from the grounds of Exhibition Place.

The event began in the summer on June 17. According to Starkovski, so far, the responses have been favorable.

“We saw several individuals smoking marijuana in and around the parks, on the grounds of the Exposition, or the playgrounds. Therefore, we developed a proactive strategy,” he said. But in a private, gated area for people aged 19 and over.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) offered the establishment educational advice, including the current display posters and spreading awareness of intoxication and the dangers of operating a vehicle.

“Never drive while intoxicated. Drive only if you are not under the influence. Eric Dumschat, legal director for MADD Canada, called it a needless risk that endangered everyone, including you.

At Toronto's Exhibition Place, the Cannabis Carnival begins.
At Toronto’s Exhibition Place, the Cannabis Carnival begins. Image from CBC News

He advises making a strategy in advance to get home securely. That includes using a cab, ride-sharing, public transportation, or walking.

The fact that no alcohol will be offered in the area of the venue where people might smoke, according to Dunschat, struck a chord with the organization.

“They arrived seeking anyone who might spread knowledge and awareness. They’re making an effort to do it properly, he said.

Will the general populace respond?

While some people may find the carnival idea appealing, Rotman School of Management national academic director Richard Powers has some reservations.

He claims we have a much longer tradition of drinking alcohol and eating at restaurants. “With cannabis products, we don’t have that, and I just don’t think we’re there yet.”

Source: CTV news

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