It's become increasingly common for Canadian municipalities to ban cigarettes from just about any area over which they can exercise jurisdiction. Vancouver, for example, banished cigarette smoke from beaches, public parks, and building doorways several years ago.
Many B.C. golf clubs, however, still allow smoking on their courses. They can do that because most are privately owned and operated. After a quick poke around online, I learned that quite a few courses even offer little ashtrays that customers can attach to their carts.
But what about marijuana cigarettes?
Last December, B.C. premier John Horgan suggested that most laws and regulations restricting the smoking of tobacco will similarly apply to cannabis.
That would appear to leave the question up to individual course operators.
Cannabis is included on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's official list of banned substances. Curiously, however, B.C. golfers don't appear to be taking that into consideration while debating whether or not to permit smoking cannabis on the links.
Our province's golfers' association, British Columbia Golf, has partnered with Inside Golf and they're conducting an online survey on the issue. The questions they're asking there mostly pertain to simple courtesy and consideration.
"How comfortable are you with people smoking marijuana on a golf course?" the first question asks.
"How comfortable would you be if you were paired with someone who smoked marijuana during the round?" asks the second.
And another: "Do you plan to smoke marijuana on the golf course and if so would you ask someone you were paired with if it was ok?"
An article at Inside Golf introducing the survey notes that according to its research, only 20 percent of clubs in B.C. have drafted a policy on cannabis smoke.
Legislation to legalize recreational cannabis passed in the House of Commons last June. The country is scheduled to officially legalize cannabis on October 17, 2018.