Nova Scotia


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.


‘Eighth,’ ‘half-quarter,’ or ‘three-and-a-half grams’? Legalization could be changing the way we talk about weed

If you’re a cannabis consumer on the West Coast, you’ve likely purchased an ‘eighth’ before. If you’re located in Ontario or the East Coast, you might call the same amount of cannabis a ‘half-quarter.’ But if you’re new to pot and you buy it through the government channels, you might call the same amount of cannabis something else entirely: 3.5 grams. 


We ranked Canada's cannabis-friendly provinces from worst to best

Canadians are clearly in love with cannabis, but not all provinces were created equal when it comes to permitting pot. While the historic Cannabis Act applies to all provinces, the rules around distribution and consumption fall to the provinces — and municipalities have some say on it, too.

That’s why for Canada Day, The GrowthOp takes a look at the growing industry from coast-to-coast — crunching the data on price, consumption habits, number of stores, public consumption options and the ability to grow at home — to find out which provinces are rolling out the red carpet for weed and which are still warming up to the country’s second favourite leaf.

Here are our findings.


Booze and cannabis stores launch designated shopping times for seniors in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s provincial government is trying to make it safer for seniors and those vulnerable to COVID-19 to shop for alcohol and cannabis.

The NSLC — Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation that regulates recreational cannabis and liquor sales in the province — is launching designated shopping times for seniors or people who are immunocompromised.

“Starting tomorrow, we’re adjusting our store hours by one hour,” the company tweeted on Sunday. “All stores will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Sat. We’ll open an hour earlier to seniors and those at-risk: 10 a.m.–11 a.m. All stores remain closed Sundays. Please respect our precautions. We are all in this together.”


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