Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island both set legal age for marijuana use at 19

Nova Scotia and P.E.I. both set their legal age for marijuana at 19 on Thursday, but the two East Coast provinces are taking different paths on how weed will be sold.

P.E.I. said it will sell marijuana at standalone outlets run separately by its liquor commission, while Nova Scotia said pot will be sold alongside alcohol in its provincial liquor stores.

Justice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday Nova Scotia believes selling marijuana through existing liquor stores will provide the necessary control to ensure public safety.

"They have a social responsibility mandate and we trust their experience in selling restricted products," said Furey. "The Nova Scotia Liquor Commission also has the infrastructure in place to support a province-wide retail operation."


Nova Scotia gets its first licensed marijuana producer: Breathing Green Solutions

Nova Scotia has its first licensed producer of cannabis in the province — the Wentworth, N.S. based Breathing Green Solutions.

Health Canada issued the license on Friday along with three other producers across the country.

Saskatchewan’s Agro-Greens Natural Products Ltd., Agrima Botanicals Corp. in British Columbia and Ontario’s Bloomera Inc. were the three new producers issued licenses.


Nova Scotia to start marijuana consultations with public

Nova Scotia will be launching its public consultations for marijuana legalization within days, with results expected to be compiled and released before the end of the year, the premier’s office has confirmed.

Of the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia is the last to launch its consultations, which will include telephone and online surveys. P.E.I. just completed an online consultation, garnering around 3,000 responses, Newfoundland released a report of its consultation period in August, and New Brunswick — the furthest along — last month announced its framework for legalization, including plans to follow Ontario in creating a Crown corporation to oversee all pot sales.

New Brunswick has also already signed deals with suppliers.


Dispensaries in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is Canada’s second-smallest province, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that it tends to slip under the media radar. While Vancouver makes headlines for regulating dispensaries, and Toronto makes them for raiding dispensaries, little attention has been paid to Nova Scotia’s capital: Halifax.

For a long time, Halifax was served by a single dispensary, one that had been raided on more than one occasion. It’s current incarnation is Farm Assists, and its owner Chris Enns is still facing a court date from an earlier raid, but it isn’t the only dispensary in town anymore. “In 2014, the Farm Assists was still the first and only store-front dispensary in the city, ” said Mr Enns, “we now have at least a couple dozen.”


Canada: Truro Cannabis Plant Contract Awarded

Dreams of a medical marijuana production facility in Truro are one step closer to fruition. 

The Truro Herbal Co. (THC) has awarded a contract to Lindsay’s Construction of Dartmouth for the development of a state-of-the-art cannabis production facility in Truro. 

The company says construction of the 20,000-square-foot facility will begin this month on a 6.3-acre lot in the Truro Industrial Park. 

“We are working toward an aggressive construction schedule to see completion by early 2018, and are confident in Lindsay’s ability to deliver within our timelines,” said Ron Meech, who oversees THC’s construction committee, in a news release. 


How will Nova Scotia regulate marijuana? Political leaders unclear

With a little more than a year to go before the federal deadline to legalize marijuana, the incoming provincial government will have to work quickly to implement new provincial pot laws. 

None of the three party leaders has a definite plan on how they want to regulate the drug, but say they will be working on the issue in time for July 1, 2018.

Legalization was a key campaign promise by the Trudeau Liberals in 2015, but Ottawa has given discretion to the provinces over issues such the price of the drug, and how it is distributed and sold. The federal minimum age to buy marijuana will be 18 but provinces are permitted to set an older age limit. 

McNeil: 'Uniform approach' needed


Nova Scotia: Progressive Yarmouth Physician Talks About Cannabis

Stigma of medical marijuana gradually being overcome.

Although doctors were federally authorized by Health Canada in the spring of 2014 to write prescriptions for cannabis if they so choose - following guidelines and a protocol established by the Canadian Medical Association - not all choose to do so.

They can’t just walk into the office and ask for cannabis.

Dr. Roland Muise on prescribing medical marijuana

A strong negative stigma remains, even among some physicians.

Dr. Roland Muise is one of several exceptions in the region. He graduated medical school in 1976 and has about 4,000 patients.


Marijuana activist in Bedford, N.S. on Monday to promote legalization

Dana Larsen’s “quiet revolution” envisions more and more Canadians growing pot until the laws prohibiting it are unenforceable.

The Vancouver cannabis activist and author will be in Bedford at the Legion Hall (1772 Bedford Highway) on Monday from 7-9 p.m. to dispense advice, solutions to the crisis of fentanyl and other opioids — and maybe even a few cannabis seeds. Larsen is the founder of the Overgrow Canada campaign and distributed more than 2.3 million cannabis seeds in spring 2016. He’s doing a larger seed giveaway now, which started in January.

“We don’t want to overthrow the government, we want to ‘overgrow’ the the government,” he said in a phone interview from his St. John’s stop on a trans-Canada tour.


Canada: Former Premier Darrell Dexter Now a Lobbyist for Marijuana Industry

Former N.S. premier helping cannabis industry clients as vice-chair of government-relations firm.

Darrell Dexter's newest interest is marijuana. 

The former NDP premier of Nova Scotia is a vice-chair at Global Public Affairs, the country's largest privately held government relations firm. Dexter will be leading the firm's cannabis industry clients as marijuana legislation and regulations are rolled out.

He spoke by phone from Calgary with the CBC's Elizabeth Chiu. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: Why are you interested in lobbying for the marijuana industry?


CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. and PharmaChoice Enter into Canada’s First Exclusive Pharmacy Distribution Agreement for Medical Cannabis

CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) (“CanniMed”) and PharmaChoice today signed a letter of intent to collaborate on pharmacist education and the distribution, sale and marketing of medical cannabis products.

This industry-leading collaboration will see CanniMed responsible for producing and delivering accredited pharmacy education programs to PharmaChoice pharmacists and pharmacy technicians across Canada. In addition, CanniMed and PharmaChoice intend to enter a definitive agreement for distribution of medical cannabis through PharmaChoice pharmacists in Canada upon completion of the first provincial legislation change that allows such distribution.


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