I have a feeling that after July 1, there will be complaints from people if golfers are smoking marijuana, even if it will be legal at that point.
Just because something changes, it doesn’t mean people are okay with it. There are still people who don’t appreciate drinking on the golf course, either.
People have grown up with pot being illegal, so there will still be that stigma attached to it, rightly or wrongly, and there are other factors that could upset some people.
Let’s say your twosome joins my twosome and someone indulges. It might just be the smell of it that offends someone. We all know there’s a certain smell to it and maybe people don’t appreciate being that close to it, just as they don’t like being around cigarettes.
We’re heading into uncharted waters with the legalization of marijuana and where it will be permitted and where it won’t, but it seems inevitable that there will be complaints as people get used to the idea that they’re not breaking the law, if they stay within the guidelines set down.
What are those specific guidelines? To me, it’s all about the roll-out. Is it going to be seamless or is it going to be confusing? It’s difficult to tell at this point due to lack of information.
I don’t want to put staff or golf courses across Canada in awkward positions because of a lack of clarity as we enter into uncharted waters. Right now, there’s little guidance with us about to proceed.