Nova Scotia


Nuts and buds: Nova Scotia man finds metal parts in a pot package from NSLC

A man in Cape Breton, N.S., received a bizarre surprise when he visited his local Nova Scotia Liquor and Corporation Cannabis (NSLC) store in Sydney River location to pick up a little weed.

After making his selections, George Poulain stood at the counter to pay — and immediately noticed that all was not well with one of his chosen packages.

The cashier noticed the same and picked up the package for closer examination.

“She took the other one and I said to her immediately, ‘it sounds like there’s marbles in that one,’ and we both laughed,” Poulain told CTV News.

After deciding the box of Canopy Growth’s Houndstooth should be opened, the cashier called her boss to take a look.


Bought cannabis? Here’s where it needs to go for the drive home in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia RCMP are reminding the public to put their pot out of people’s reach when driving. 

“It’s been almost a year now since the legalization of cannabis and we’re still finding there are a lot of errors being made,” Const. Chad Morrison said at a Dartmouth demonstration Wednesday of how to legally transport cannabis. 

RCMP officers have issued 172 tickets and 47 warnings for illegal transportation of cannabis in a motor vehicle within RCMP jurisdiction across the province since last Oct. 18. 

“As far as errors that we’re seeing, it’s essentially the products are being kept in the front of the vehicle where the occupants are,” Morrison said. 


A year after legalization, some Atlantic Canadians struggle for access to medical cannabis

Lindsay laid on the couch at her Nova Scotia home, hours after receiving her monthly cancer treatment, and waited for the side effects to kick in. 

Aches, pains, upset stomach, nausea and cramps are just some of her symptoms from the hormone suppressant. 

Normally Lindsay, who asked to be identified by only her first name for legal purposes, would place a drop of cannabis oil under her tongue and go about her day. 

But Lindsay has been left to find her own supply or suffer through the pain after CannTrust, her medical cannabis provider, placed a voluntary hold on its products in early July while undergoing a review by Health Canada. On Sept. 17, Health Canada suspended CannTrust’s licence. 


Nova Scotians still buying illegal cannabis, survey shows

Some Nova Scotians are still buying from illegal sources, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the NSLC about cannabis use in the province.

The survey covered the first six months after legalization in October 2018.

According to telephone and online surveys conducted by Narrative Research in March and April, 41 per cent of Nova Scotians who were buying recreational cannabis were purchasing their product exclusively from the NSLC.

But the survey also said 40 per cent of people were purchasing cannabis from both the NSLC and illegal sources, while about 20 per cent were buying solely from illegal sources.

"It tells us that we are making an impact on the illicit market," said Beverley Ware, spokesperson for the NSLC.


Nova Scotia gets crafty on cannabis with help from Sundial Growers

Nova Scotia is receiving reinforcements from Sundial Growers.

The province just became Canada’s sixth—behind B.C., Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario—to receive the Calgary-based company’s “craft-at-scale” small batch cannabis.

“Nova Scotia has done a tremendous job within the first year of legalization resulting in strong consumer demand for high-quality cannabis products,” said Andrew Stordeur, president of Sundial’s Canadian operations.


Sundial enters Atlantic Canada with first shipment to Nova Scotia

Sundial Growers Inc. (Nasdaq: SNDL) (“Sundial”) continues to expand its reach from coast-to-coast with its first completed shipment of high-quality cannabis to Nova Scotia’s alcohol and cannabis retailer.


Five major Canadian cities tests their wastewater for cannabis, here's what they found

Statistics Canada recently released the conclusions of a yearlong study examining levels of various illicit drugs, and cannabis, in the wastewater of Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.

The pilot test study drew samples of the water in the period between March 2018 and February 2019. The research, one StatsCan claims is “the largest ever conducted in North America in terms of population covered,” was carried out in collaboration with Yargeau Laboratory of McGill University’s Department of Chemical Engineering.


New wave of cannabis products means new (or at least renovated) retail digs in N.S.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) is getting ready for the second wave of cannabis legalization, planning renovations to its 12 cannabis retail stores that opened less than a year ago in preparation for selling topicals, edibles and beverages.

The final cost of renovations—which will include new display cabinets, additional counters and lighting, as well as installing refrigeration units to accommodate the new products—will depend on analysis of the responses from store operators, Beverley Ware, communications advisor for NSLC , told The GrowthOp. That said, Ware notes the current cost estimate is in the ballpark of $3 million to be compliant for selling edibles.


Nova Scotians feel less healthy — experts believe excessive cannabis, alcohol use is to blame

Nova Scotians aren’t feeling too healthy compared to other Canadian provinces.

A 2018 survey of the province from Statistics Canada showed that 20,300 fewer Nova Scotians described their health as “very good” or “excellent” when compared to the previous year — the number fell from 494,300 to 474,000 respondents.

An increase of 12,000 Nova Scotians described their general health as “fair” or “poor” – up to 128,000 from 116,000 in 2017.


Nova Scotia to sell cannabis edibles before end of the year

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation will sell cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals when the products become legal later this year.

Finance Minister Karen Casey says the government had great success with NSLC when they were asked to take on the retail for cannabis, including education and awareness programs for staff.

Casey says there have been ongoing discussions with the private sector and First Nations, but for now, the government needed a retailer who was ready and could follow the same retail model set out for cannabis.

She says the new products will be sold in the same 12 NSLC stores that currently sell cannabis.

Amended Health Canada regulations governing the sale of edibles, extracts and topicals come into force on Oct. 17.


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