There will be a lot of second hand marijuana smoke drifting around Downtown Vancouver, and over at Sunset beach, but is it bad for you?
B.C.’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, says pot smoke – like tobacco – presents the same dangers with daily use over the longer term.
But for the short term, if you happen to stroll through a waft of pot smoke today…
“If you are inhaling second hand cannabis smoke, you are also inhaling THC or cannabinoids, whatever is in the smoke. So you could get I guess what you might call a contact high depending on the concentration in the smoke.”
As for very young children, Kendall says:
“My advice would be to find another place to take a walk today.”
At least 30,000 are expected to be at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach for the pot protest; some are also expected to gather at the Vancouver Art Gallery.