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This article was published 20/12/2017 – that’s before recreational cannabis was legal in Canada, so language and information in the article may be dated.
Dear Herb: When I was younger and we got high in the car we called it hotboxing. Now I own my own house and can smoke anywhere I want. I heard the government might make it illegal to smoke in a car.
What is going to happen to hotboxing? Could people get arrested for that? — Let ‘em Hotbox, Winnipeg
Dear Let 'em Hotbox: Ah, hotboxing, for some misspent youth a rite of passage. (For the uninitiated, "hotboxing" refers to smoking marijuana in a small, enclosed space, so as to immerse oneself in smoke. In some places, it's called "fishbowling.")
Your question actually involves provincial law, not federal law. Since you're writing from Winnipeg, let's take a look at Manitoba's Cannabis Harm Prevention Act.
The act amends the provincial Highway Traffic Act to add: "No person shall drive or have the care and control of a vehicle on a highway if there is cannabis in or on the vehicle, whether or not the vehicle is in motion."
There are a few exceptions, including if the cannabis "is stored in the trunk" or another space that's "not readily accessible to any person in the motor vehicle."
That doesn't mean you can crawl into the trunk and hotbox it, though. The act also states, "No person shall inhale, ingest or otherwise consume cannabis in or on a motor vehicle, farm tractor, implement of husbandry or special mobile machine on a highway."Advertisement
So there you have it: You can't smoke in — or on — your car, or even in your farm tractor or implement of husbandry.
As you said, you own your own house and can smoke wherever you want on your property. So why bother doing it in the car? Once it's legal, just find a small room.
Dear Herb: I'm going to the Mayan Riviera this spring. How hard will it be to score some smoke there?!? — Acapulco Gold
Dear Acapulco Gold: Recreational marijuana remains illegal in Mexico, so I'm afraid I can't advise you on how to score. If you do manage to track down some weed, keep in mind that Mexico decriminalized possession of up to five grams in 2009.
If smoking up is super important to your holiday plans, you could consider vacationing somewhere cannabis has been legalized or decriminalized. Just make sure you check up on all the local rules (and ensure they apply to non-citizens or non-residents).
Have a great trip!
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