Nova Scotia


N.S. getting less than half the legal cannabis it needs to meet demand

Nova Scotia's finance minister says she will be firing off another letter to Health Canada to register the province's concerns over a growing shortage of cannabis.

Karen Casey says Nova Scotia is getting only 35 to 40 per cent of the cannabis it needs to meet demand at government-run outlets and she wants to make that clear to the federal regulator after two previous letters.

Casey says one producer in Nova Scotia has been approved by Ottawa and two more are ready to go, so she's encouraging Health Canada to give them the approval they need.

She says there has been no need yet to close any of the 12 shops run by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation because of product shortages, but the situation is being monitored.


Canada just legalized recreational pot. Here's what you need to know

People in Canada are cheering, enduring long lines and honking their car horns in support as the country's first marijuana dispensaries open their doors Wednesday.


Nova Scotians lead the country in cannabis consumption, says StatsCan

While B.C. may be known for its production of bud, Nova Scotians lead the country in cannabis consumption among people 15 and older, according to Statistics Canada data released Thursday.

Smoking recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada for those 19 and older starting Wednesday though edible cannabis products will remain illegal for the time being.

According to the third-quarter findings for Statistics Canada's national cannabis survey, 23 per cent of Nova Scotia residents reported using cannabis, which was followed by B.C. at 20 per cent.

For the country as a whole, it worked out to 15 per cent of residents — or 4.6 million people.


Cannabis in Nova Scotia and how you can go about buying it online

With just one week to go before the first legal weed Wednesday, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) has announced what online cannabis sales are going to look like.

For consumers living far from one of the province’s 12 cannabis retail stores, those who don’t want to wait in long lineups, or those who aren’t comfortable purchasing pot in public, the online option is likely to be preferable.


Should provinces in the East get more cannabis retail locations?

Some of the provinces don’t have nearly enough planned cannabis retail locations, especially the provinces in Atlantic Canada.

Canada’s medical marijuana system has been set up a long time ago when keeping medical cannabis out of the hands of recreational users, or even worse kids was the priority for the governments.

Some nearly 20 years later, we are at the forefront of Canada’s cannabis industry, with the recreational market about to open in just 5 weeks.

While some of the provinces further West were more open towards the idea of legalizing recreational cannabis, Atlantic provinces were mostly reserved in regards to that idea.


Poll: Nova Scotians barely back decision to sell pot at NSLC

More Nova Scotians support selling cannabis in Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation stores than oppose it.

However that support, polled by MQO Research, doesn’t make for a clear majority.

According to the numbers released Wednesday 40 per cent of this province’s residents support or strongly support the McNeil government’s move to sell legal pot from liquor stores while 34 per cent oppose or strongly oppose it.

Twenty-one per cent of the 400 people polled by MQO this summer neither support nor oppose the move and five per cent said they didn’t know.


Some students ahead of the curve on cannabis risk reduction, says St. F.X. prof

As universities across Canada prepare for the legalization of cannabis this fall, one psychology professor says her research shows some students already have ideas to mitigate the potential risks of marijuana use.

Kara Thompson is a psychology professor at St. Francis Xavier University who has studied cannabis.

She said she conducted focus groups last spring with students who use cannabis, and found they had strategies in place to reduce the potential risks.


Nova Scotia breaking federal rules on cannabis marketing, critic says

Nova Scotia's cannabis retailer is being accused of violating federal regulations by "glamourizing and normalizing" marijuana, but the Crown corporation says it is simply educating consumers.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation recently unveiled the design of its cannabis stores, which divides products into four distinct categories: relax, unwind, centre and enhance. There will also be tablets at tabletops allowing customers to browse products and "discover your experience" once the stores open in October.

Dr. Simon Sherry, a psychologist and professor at Dalhousie University, issued a news release Tuesday saying the signage promotes cannabis in a way that's attractive and appealing, contrary to the Cannabis Act's section on promotion.


Nova Scotia defends controversial plan to sell cannabis in liquor stores

Nova Scotia is defending its unique cannabis retail scheme that will sell weed in existing liquor stores amid criticisms the arrangement poses a public health risk.

A Halifax psychology professor issued a news release criticizing the model, which the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation says is unique in the world.

Marijuana is to be sold under the same roof as alcohol, although the two retail areas will be kept separate.

Simon Sherry of Dalhousie University said Wednesday other jurisdictions have kept them separate because "it's just not a good idea."


Concern growing over unregulated edible cannabis products

Edible cannabis products aren't legal in Canada, but they are being bought, sold and consumed regardless.

A recent case in Nova Scotia has health experts warning about the possible risks for children.

Chris Henderson, the owner of the Cannabis Vape Shop, says it’s important to read the labels.

“They do have a good amount of information on them, but you want to know it's accurate,” Henderson said.

Some bags of cannabis edibles look like they contain candy, and because they exist in an illegal market, there aren't any rules in place for controlling how they're made, and how they're packaged.


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