We have yet to receive any communique or direction, etc., about the legalized use of marijuana, which kicks in July 1.
The government is very specific when it comes to the serving of alcohol on the golf course. For example, the beverage person has to be trained through Smart Serve and they must open the drinks for customers, etc.
They’ve thought out the serving of alcohol and I’m assuming once pot becomes legal, there’s going to be a communique, something that indicates it’s not going to be a free-for-all sort of thing and the only reason I say that is we haven’t seen it yet.
I remember when I was working at Angus Glen in Markham, Ont., were had to get a special licence to cover the golf course. The provincial government there took it very seriously and they put a plan in place, so I’m assuming it will be the same with pot, no matter where a golf course is situated.
The use of pot won’t just apply to on the golf course. It’s going to be in other areas, as well.
For example, there’s no smoking of cigarettes within a certain distance of any building, so you would think there has to be rules and regulations for pot use, too. If you can’t smoke a cigarette within that distance, there’s going to be similar rules on where you can smoke pot and where you can’t.
We need to know the rules of engagement. When alcohol was first allowed on the golf course, we had to deal with Smart Serve, which I appreciate because anyone serving alcohol or even marijuana would know how to handle and dispense it and the legalities involved.
Then, we get into a philosophical question. I’m not a prude. Growing up, I never smoked pot. It’s just one of those things my circle of friends never got involved in, so I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, nor am I passing judgement.
If it is legal to sell, will some golf courses say they’re not going to sell it? On the other hand, they may not be able to sell it. Maybe, it’s one of those things that need to come from a legal dispensary and I know they’re talking about that in several provinces.
Right now, golfers can buy one beer from us, but conceivably have 12 in their bag and we’re still responsible for them getting home safely. Once marijuana becomes legal, even if we’re not selling it to them, do we have to make sure they’re not driving under the influence, and what’s the level of impairment? Some may even mix alcohol and cannabis,
Once again, that’s a whole new education that will need to take place for our bartenders, managers and beverage cart people. Before legalization happens, all of this needs to be cleared up.
It will probably mirror what we do with alcohol, but that’s all wait-and-see because right now, we don’t have that information at hand and when we talk about it, we’re just hypothesizing right now.
It becomes legal on July 1, but if we have to do staff training in February or March, I don’t want to be getting the rules and regulations on June 28 and not be properly prepared in just a couple of days.
The sooner, the better for the rules of engagement.