Nova Scotia


A budding venture: Kentville cannabis growers partner with Cannabis Wheaton

Robinson's Cannabis building new facility to open Dec. 1.

A Kentville cannabis producer says a new partnership between his company and a national investment network will grow local economic benefits and jobs.

Andrew Robinson is the owner of Robinson’s Cannabis, the soon to be Kentville-based cannabis production facility newly acquired by Cannabis Wheaton’s, a network of investors that provides capital support to cannabis enterprises across Canada and is excited about this new partnership.

Robinson described how the partnership will take his budding company from a local enterprise to the national and global markets, saying this is “something our team is so excited about.”


Australian company building marijuana grow-op in Windsor

Creso Pharma’s cannabis production facility is currently under construction in Windsor, Nova Scotia. According to documents from the Australia-based company’s website, the site is approximately 20,000 square feet and could produce between 2,000 and 4,000 kilograms of cannabis annually. (COLIN CHISHOLM / Hants Journal)

WINDSOR, N.S. — An Australian company will become a tenant in Windsor’s industrial park just in time for marijuana use to become legalized.

Creso Pharma, a publicly traded company based in Australia, is hoping that the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada will be a boon for its growing cannabis industry, which includes supplying recreational and medical marijuana products.


Cannabis candies will stay off-limits after marijuana legalization — and that's a mistake: researcher

'You want to make sure that risks are properly conveyed to the general public,' says food policy researcher.

Put away the gummy bears, lollipops and chocolate bars — at least the ones containing THC.

When marijuana is legalized in Canada this year, edibles won't be included on the approved list in 2018.

That's a mistake, according to Sylvain Charlebois, a food policy researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax. In a survey he co-authored, he found that more than half of Canadians are willing to try edibles if they're legalized.

"So, when C-45 [the bill allowing legal access to cannabis] didn't include edibles, it was shortsighted because a lot of people would be willing to try," Charlebois told Checkup host Duncan McCue.


Cannabis-sector CEOs expect Canadian sales post-legalization will outpace expectations

Baby boomers expected to drive sales as they switch to cannabis from other medications.

Cannabis-sector CEOs are bullish about the prospect for sales once Canada legalizes marijuana and say that the market will soar far above many estimates.

At the Arcview Group’s cannabis investment conference on May 2, the CEOs of three Canadian cannabis companies were united in predicting the legal cannabis market in Canada will fast outpace expectations.

A recent New Frontier Data report pinned the domestic cannabis market in Canada at $9.2 billion by 2025, sustained by higher average medical consumption. More conservative estimates pin federal sales at $4.5 billion by 2027.


'Weed Myths' campaign aims to get young people asking questions about cannabis

Campaign tackles assumptions about how cannabis use affects driving and mental health.

Posters at Halifax bus stops and hockey rinks with the banner Weed Myths are part of a new public awareness initiative about cannabis use, not an anti-drug crusade, says the director of the program behind the campaign.

The strategy, which includes short videos on social media, is to motivate young people to ask questions about cannabis, says  Dr. Phil Tibbo, director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program. 

Weed Myths looks at some assumptions people make about cannabis and driving as well as its effect on mental health.

Young people were consulted about the message and the way it is being delivered, Tibbo said.


Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation unveils rendering of new pot shops

The designs for 12 Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) cannabis shops were released on Monday by the organization’s President and CEO, Bret Mitchell.

Eleven of the cannabis shops will be located within NSLC locations, which will undergo $500,000 renovations to accommodate the shops-within-a-shop. One vacant store in Halifax will reopen as the sole cannabis-only store in the province.

Based on the renderings, the shops are well-lit with white walls featuring a few punches of bright colours. There will be a wall of weed boxes behind the cash registers that will display the products.

“We have what I consider a modern, bright, really merchandise-intense full-service environment which we are going to roll in July,” said Mitchell.


Medical pot users concerned about policing and policies

Concerns about access voiced Saturday at 12th Global Marijuana Rally in Halifax.

A rally and march held in Halifax Saturday highlighted lingering questions for medical cannabis users once marijuana is legalized in Canada July 1, 2018.

Dozens of people attended the 12th Global Marijuana Rally and March at Victoria Park. It was organized by the Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana Society, a registered not-for-profit organization that advocates for patients who use cannabis for medication.


Cannabis business boggles the mind

Mind-numbing, mind-blowing or mind-bending, take your pick, but news that 450 different cannabis products will be available when it’s legal elicits or promises all three responses, maybe more.

And that’s only for starters. So-called edibles and drinkables won’t even be on the market at first but once they are, in about a year, the mind boggles with the ingestion potential.

Cannabis is bigger business than many would have guessed, and when recreational use becomes legal sometime this year, provincial governments take over the lion’s share.


Gardeners preparing for the day when weed is legal

Every day, as regular as clockwork but with increasing regularity, they come: the kids in their late teens who feel about weed the same way I do about a glass of Fat Bastard; the baby boomers who stopped sparking up because they “grew up:” the octogenarians luxuriating in having the social licence to indulge once again.

The other day Jack Fanning, Halifax Seed Co.’s indoor horticultural specialist and resident cannabis expert, had a call from a woman who introduced herself as a member of the St. Margarets Bay Gardening Association, wondering if he would come out to the bay some day and do a little seminar for the membership, which is mostly over 80 and entirely female.


Nova Scotia says liquor corporation will open three additional marijuana outlets

Three months after announcing just nine outlets would sell legal marijuana in Nova Scotia, the province says three more outlets will be added by the fall.

Stores in Bridgewater, New Minas, and Antigonish will open as required renovations are completed — adding outlets in areas left out in the first round.

Finance Minister Karen Casey said the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) has been working since the original announcement on Jan. 30 to “identify additional locations that could be renovated for cannabis sales.”

She said the first nine were chosen because they had available space previously used by bottle-your-own-wine operations. But the government felt there were some “gaps in the map,” particularly in the province’s southwest.


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