The Federal government legalized it like alcohol, the provincial government regulates it, ie: makes the rules for use and York Region/Markham have the responsibility for enforcement.
Nevertheless, smoking is known to be cancer causing including secondary and tertiary exposure.
Legality however does not mean that it is a "free for all".
Like cigarettes/cigars etc... smoking should not be allowed in public places or where it affects other unwilling participants – for example smoking in a car with children and or other unwilling participants where it affects their health.
Since smoke “travels”, the rules should be a hybrid of what governs smoking and alcohol. Use it where it does not affect others in any form – be it smoking in a park where people/children are and are exposed to second hand smoke or in a car where impairment endangers others.
If you want to use PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE! If you want to smoke fine, just do not expose us to cancer.
Education and enforcement are necessary.
As a candidate, I will support the wants/needs of the of the voters of Markham. I welcome an ongoing discussion and input from the people of Markham so that we can get this right the first time.