Nova Scotia


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Complaints about underweight weed purchases are on the rise in some Canadian provinces. Are producers to blame?

What makes a good weed dealer? You might say the quality of the product, or consistent availability. Maybe the variety, price breaks, delivery, or a free session or sample makes them great.


Canada: Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce hosts panel on legalization of marijuana

The Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion Tuesday to help local businesses blow back the cloud of confusion hanging around the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada.


Canada: Aphria selected by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation to supply Nova Scotia's adult-use cannabis market

Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX: APH and US OTC: APHQF) today announced that it has entered into a supply agreement (the "Agreement") with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation("NSLC") to provide a range of high-quality branded cannabis and cannabis derivative products for sale in Nova Scotia'sadult-use market starting on October 17, 2018.


This Canadian company is working to ensure a safe workplace post-legalization

As Canada moves towards October and its official date for legalization across the country, many are speculating about the effect this will have on the daily life of Canadians. One question that isn’t asked often enough, however, is what is the future of occupational safety post-legalization? Early this year, one Nova Scotia company began to take this question very seriously.


Canada: Cannabis legalization forces 14 RCMP sniffer dogs into early retirement

Earlier this month, the RCMP threw a retirement party in St. John's, N.L., for a Labrador retriever named Luke.

As the saying goes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and as cannabis legalization approaches, that puts Luke and other dogs like him out of work.

Luke, who sniffed more than five million of dollars' worth of drugs during his time on the force, is one of 14 canines across the country who will be out of a job before October 17.

Traffic and interdiction dogs like Luke are trained to detect cannabis, but once the substance is legal, they can no longer be used to establish grounds for search in a traffic stop.


Canada: Nova Scotia announces the world’s first liquor and cannabis retail store

Alcohol in the front, 70 strains in the back.

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia will soon become the only known place in the world with combined liquor-cannabis retailers. The twelve stores are set to open on October 17, the official launch date for Canada’s recreational market. 

The retail combination will run through the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), the province’s government-subsidized alcohol retailer. The NSLC will also be selling cannabis separately through an online e-commerce platform.


Canada: 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.


Canada: Nova Scotia cannabis legislation sets fines, syncs weed and alcohol penalties

Proposed Nova Scotia legislation would see fines as high as $10,000 for illegal marijuana sales or distribution to a person under 19, while impaired drivers will also face stiff penalties.

The fines are part of a series of penalties around the legal age, possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis included in the province’s new Cannabis Control Act introduced Tuesday by Justice Minister Mark Furey.

Anyone under 19 found with less than five grams will face seizure of the drug and a fine of no more than $150. Those who buy cannabis from anyone other than the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) could be fined up to $250.

Furey said the province will harmonize its penalties for alcohol with those proposed for marijuana so sanctions are consistent.


Canada: Marijuana outlet crackdown makes no sense, says criminologist

The legalization of pot may be looming but that doesn’t mean police are backing off their crackdown on the “grey” marijuana market.

Most recently, RCMP in Colchester County raided the Community Compassion Centre in Bible Hill. They seized cash, marijuana, marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia, and charged Ricky Joseph Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook.

He’s scheduled to appear in Nova Scotia provincial court Friday.

“The RCMP will continue to work within the existing legislation under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act,” RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said Monday in an email. “If we determine that there is a violation of the legislation, we will take appropriate action.”


Canada: Cannabis company to use fish waste to grow marijuana in former pulp mill

A Nova Scotia company will soon begin growing cannabis in a former pulp and paper mill in Queens County, and hopes the buy-local ethos extends to marijuana.

Health Canada granted Aqualitas Inc.'s cultivation licence Jan. 19, making it the third Nova Scotia company to get the approval — joining Breathing Green Solutions Inc., which has a production facility in the Wentworth Valley, and THC Dispensaries Inc. of Antigonish. 

Myrna Gillis, co-founder and CEO, said Aqualitas plans to start growing its first crop in February and then it will test it and apply for a sales licence, with the hope of selling cannabis this summer. So far, none of the three Nova Scotia companies are licensed to sell. 


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