Canadian cannabis legalization is rolling out this summer and the country’s provinces are under a tight deadline to be up and running, but it looks like the legal Nova Scotia cannabis market may be ahead of the game as far as distribution goes.
On Jan. 30, 2018, Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey announced locations for nine Nova Scotia cannabis retail stores, all of which will be housed in existing Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation stores.
“Selling through NSLC stores allows us to leverage their experience and expertise in selling these products responsibly in a safe environment,” Furey said in a press release.
The nine Nova Scotia cannabis retail locations selling cannabis starting in July are as follows:
- Amherst – 126 South Albion St.
- Dartmouth – 650 Portland St.
- Halifax – 5540 Clyde St.
- Halifax – 3601 Joseph Howe Dr.
- Lower Sackville – 745 Sackville Dr.
- New Glasgow – 610 East River Rd.
- Sydney River – 95 Keltic Dr.
- Truro – 6 Court St.
- Yarmouth – 104a Starrs Rd.
Of the nine locations, only the Clyde St. location will sell cannabis exclusively and the others will continue selling alcohol in addition to cannabis.
Considering the NSLC stores were originally designed to sell only alcohol, Nova Scotia will be issuing a request for proposals later today for contractors interested in renovating the aforementioned locations so they can modify them to accommodate for the demands of regulated cannabis sales.
With slightly more than 100 retail locations in Nova Scotia, the NSLC’s designation of nine cannabis storefronts may seem insufficient, so time will tell if the NSLC’s launching of online cannabis sales with home delivery, the details of which have yet to be announced, paired with the four plant home-grow limit per household will satisfy market demand.
In regards to provincial cannabis cultivation, on Jan. 25, the NSLC issued a request for information from current and prospective licensed cannabis producers to identify potential suppliers for the Nova Scotia cannabis market.
As for the rules on possession, Nova Scotia has established 19 as the minimum age to purchase and possess cannabis, with an individual possession limit of up to 30 grams.