St. Thomas public housing limiting marijuana smoking

Canadians will be able to grow and smoke cannabis when it becomes legal next week, but not if they live in public housing in Elgin County.

St. Thomas city council recently approved a new policy prohibiting tenants in 530 public housing units in the city and Elgin County from growing or smoking cannabis in their units.

When cannabis becomes legal Oct. 17, Canadians will be allowed to grow four plants in a residence but some landlords are taking steps to prohibit cultivation.

Elizabeth Sebestyen, director of St. Thomas Elgin social services, said in a report presented recently to city council that the city more at