Nova Scotia


Five new cannabis stores to open in Cape Breton

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This Cape Breton Post file photo shows the interior of the cannabis shop inside the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation's Sydney River Signature store. Cape Breton Post - David Jala

SYDNEY MINES, N.S. — Cannabis connoisseurs in Cape Breton will soon have a plethora of retail outlets from which to pick up their desired product.

From the opening of the first cannabis stores in 2018 until last autumn, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.’s busy Sydney River outlet was the only place to purchase legal cannabis in Cape Breton.

But that was then. Now there are four such stores. And by the end of 2021, the number of cannabis retail outlets on Cape Breton Island will total nine.


N.S. research suggests women may be upping cannabis use to cope with depresion

Nova Scotia investigators looking at women with pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) found that using more cannabis appeared to be a coping motive for dealing with depressed mood before and during menstruation.

The observational study involved using data from the electronic daily diaries of 69 naturally cycling female cannabis users with or without retrospectively identified PMDD over 32 days, notes the research paper in Addiction.


Annapolis Valley operation putting East Coast craft cannabis on the map

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Robinsons Cannabis in Kentville was busy expanding operations to add an outdoor grow site in Hortonville in 2019. - File Photo


A Kentville company is growing a craft cannabis operation that it says is putting East Coast cannabis on the map.

Robinsons Cannabis opened its 2,573 square metre, state-of-the-art indoor cultivation facility in the Kentville Industrial Park in July 2020, after purchasing land for the plant in 2017.

Robinsons Cannabis is part of Auxly Cannabis Group, a publicly-traded company headquartered in Toronto. A spokesperson said Auxly operates some of Canada's most popular cannabis brands, including Robinsons, Foray, Back Forty, Kolab Project and Dosecann.


This Nova Scotia company is thriving on fish-fuelled cannabis

Aqualitas, a licensed cannabis producer on the south shore of Nova Scotia, does things a little differently. 


Canada's first cannabis product liability class action snuffed out on appeal


Canada’s first ever cannabis product liability class action has been snuffed out – at least in part. As previously reported in this newsletter, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court’s certification of Downton v Organigram Inc., a product liability class action against a New Brunswick based medical cannabis producer, was a historic first. Now, just over a year later, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has substantially limited the plaintiff’s claims on appeal and reduced the defendant cannabis producer’s potential exposure to damages considerably.


High Buys: The buzziest cannabis products right now

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Our wrap-up of the best cannabis products on the market in Canada this month includes an Indigenous strain from Nova Scotia

Whole buds of sativa, indica or hybrid cannabis flower by Pure Sunfarms

These single-strain offerings of high-quality weed from BC-based grower Pure Sunfarms (pictured above) come in one-ounce quantities and are among the best sellers in the Canadian market. They’re also great for baking. It’s the classic gift for the pot aficionado on your holiday list. The company recently announced its debut on the international market with Pure Sunfarms-branded CBD gummies to be sold in luxury department stores in Hong Kong.


Halifax group distributes free cannabis in effort to reduce opioid use

Every Monday, Chris Backer and a group of Halifax volunteers can be found in front of the former St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School on Maitland St., handing out free weed.

The packages contain an assortment of cannabis products — edibles, capsules, joint rolling kits and more. Backer told CBC that the group, the East Coast Cannabis Substitution Program, distributes more than 200 packages every week.

The group draws inspiration from the Cannabis Substitution Project in B.C., which has been distributing free cannabis packages for more than three years. Like Backer’s group, the organization relies on donations from local businesses and volunteers.


Cape Breton police put brakes on illicit activity connected to the Black Pistons and Outlaws gangs

Three suspected motorcycle gang members are facing charges after Cape Breton police raided multiple homes and a clubhouse in Glace Bay.


NSLC Announces First Quarter Financial Performance

The NSLC released its first quarter financial results today for April 1 to June 28, 2020, reporting a 6.8% increase in earnings.

“This was an unprecedented quarter for us,” said Greg Hughes, President & CEO. “We adjusted our business to continue to provide service to Nova Scotians during the pandemic and we’re happy we were able to keep our doors open.”

Sales overall were up 5.3 % to $184.2 million with an increase in both beverage alcohol and cannabis sales. Beverage alcohol sales were up 5 % to $166.8 million and cannabis sales were up 7.8 % to $17.3 million.


Two people charged following seizure of drugs, weapons in Colchester County

Nova Scotia RCMP have charged two Colchester County, N.S., residents with drug and weapons offences following an eight-month investigation.

Police say on July 30 and 31, Colchester RCMP, with assistance from the Truro Police Service and New Glasgow Regional Police, searched nine properties in Bible Hill, Truro, Kemptown, Greenfield and Harmony.

Police arrested 16 people and seized cocaine, methamphetamine, hashish, cannabis, two firearms, ammunition, brass knuckles, a Conductive Energy Weapon (CEW) and cash.

Michael George Borden, 65, of Truro is charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of prohibited to possess cannabis for the purpose of selling.


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