It has been an eventful week for provincial pot announcements in Canada, with the first one coming from British Columbia Tuesday. Not to be outdone, on Thursday the Province of Nova Scotia announced their framework for the distribution and sale of legal cannabis starting in July 2018.
Like all other provinces, Nova Scotia has decided to set the minimum age to purchase marijuana alongside their drinking age, which is 19 years old. British Columbia also set their minimum at 19, but the similarities between the two frameworks end there.
Much like its closer neighbors of New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario, Nova Scotia has made the controversial decision to have a government monopoly on all cannabis sales. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. (NSLC) will be in charge of selling legal cannabis through retail stores and online.
Causing further discord, Nova Scotia has no plans to create standalone stores to sell weed and will provide cannabis products alongside liquor. The decision has garnered significant criticism from members of Nova Scotia’s provincial government, who have called the idea “shameful.”
“The danger is impulse,” said Member of the Legislative Assembly…