Many people across the country are preparing for the legalization of marijuana, whether it be businesses or people in their home and community. While many are worried about how it's going to be enforced in places like while on the road or how it may change their testing, some people may be wondering what it will be like in their own homes.
"In regards to all of my properties," says Treena Hirsch, a landlord in town for Hillside Condominiums. "they're non smoking inside the units so that's not going to change whether it's cigarettes or marijuana. On the decks, that's still part of your own personal property so I guess out there it's going to be completely up to you unless I'm told completely otherwise by law enforcement."
According to Hirsch, landlords have not been contacted through law enforcement about any ways to deal with the substance, and so it's been left to the landowners and the Office of Residential Tenencies of the Saskatchewan Government, though the office has not come out with any rules as of now to show why it would be handled any differently than smoking.
"You'd be negating the rules of the lease if you're caught smoking inside, so it's right there in my leases that your tenancy can be terminated. I don't know how strict other landlords leases are but those are what I have."
While smoking of the product could potentially violate the lease of your apartment, the growing of the plant in your own home is going to be just as legal in the apartment building as any other home, as long as you are only growing the legal 4 plants.
"There's nothing preventing a landlord from saying we don't want cannabis smoked or grown in the unit as a condition of the rental agreement or something of that nature," says EPS Police Chief Paul Ladouceur. "So I think that's an option that has to be worked out between the landlord and tenant."
There has been some contact between the Office of of Residential Tenancies and landowners throughout the province, but no hard rules have been set by the division of the provincial government though with just over a month to go before marijuana is legalized recreationally across the country, there could still be some changes coming. For now, if you have any questions, ask your landlord.