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Saskatchewan bans alcohol, cannabis in provincial parks for May long weekend

Residents of Saskatchewan kicking off the camping season this weekend will have to do so in a sober fashion. 

The province has instituted a ban on alcohol and cannabis within its provincial parks due to concerns about disturbances and vandalism. 

“This ban affects all campgrounds and picnic areas within Saskatchewan provincial parks and recreation sites,” the provincial government said in a statement.

It added that enforcement officers will be patrolling the campgrounds. Those who violate the ban will have their alcohol and/or cannabis seized with the possibility of facing charges and eviction from the park.  

An alcohol ban has been implemented in past years on the Victoria Day long weekend for Saskatchewan provincial parks, but this year is the first year the ban includes cannabis.  

The province’s statement said that cottages, rental cabins and any business facilities serving liquor in licensed establishments in parks are not affected by the ban. 

While cannabis consumption is banned from public spaces across the province for public heath concerns, the Cannabis Control Act allows consumption in “private places,” which includes trailers, campers, mobile homes, tents or any combination of them.  

However, the act does say that regulations can be made to prohibit, limit or regulate the possession of cannabis in private places.  

The ban will take effect from May 16 until May 20.