Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia man's medical marijuana must be insured, rules human rights board

Nova Scotia’s human-rights board has ruled that a man suffering from chronic pain must have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan, with advocates saying the decision opens the door for patients across Canada to push for similar cannabis coverage.

Gordon Skinner, from a community just outside Halifax, had argued that he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage by the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan. He has been using medical cannabis to treat pain from an on-the-job car accident that forced him from work as an elevator mechanic more than six years ago.


Nova Scotia Town Urges Health Canada to Green-Light Local Marijuana Plant

Mayor hopes letter to Health Canada will breathe life back into Vida Cannabis's plan to open plant.

The Town of Stellarton, N.S., is urging Health Canada to quickly approve a proposed medical marijuana production facility in the community, an enterprise the mayor says would bring much-needed jobs to the area.

At a town council meeting this week, a motion was passed to write a letter to Health Canada in support of Vida Cannabis's plan to operate a pot plant at the old Clairtone building on Acadia Street.

"The intent of it was to expedite the process of making 114 Acadia St. as operations for a cannabis production facility," said Stellarton Mayor Danny MacGillivray.


'We have to make a stand': Owner of Halifax marijuana dispensary speaks out after arrest

The owner of a Halifax medical marijuana dispensary says the business will continue to operate, despite being raided last week.

“We have to make a stand,” said Shirley Martineau. “I’m here for the patients and I’m not quitting anytime soon. I’m sorry, but I can’t.”

Martineau opened Auntie’s Health and Wellness on Barrington Street four months ago. Last month she told CTV Atlantic she would sell cannabis to anyone over the age of 19, whether or not they have a prescription for medical marijuana.


Nova Scotia Ad Campaign Pushing Dangers of Marijuana as More Than 'a Bad Trip'

A Nova Scotia-based education campaign is trying to dispel common misconceptions about cannabis by asking teens if the physical and psychological risks of marijuana use are more than just “a bad trip.”

Mental health advocates launched the awareness effort Monday with a series of striking advertisements to be plastered in bus shelters across Halifax, as well as social media content to reach their 16 to 20-year-old target demographic.

Dr. Philip Tibbo, director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program at Dalhousie University, says the campaign was developed in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to tackle to pervasive myths about marijuana – that it’s safe to drive while high, and that weed is safer than tobacco or alcohol.


Nova Scotia Safety Group Prepares for Marijuana Legalization

A Nova Scotia safety group is scrambling to get ready for the expected legalization of marijuana.

Injury-Free Nova Scotia is holding public meetings this month to discuss cannabis safety and how sales of it should be controlled, said Shirley Burdock, executive director of Injury-Free Nova Scotia, a group advocating for policy change around alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.

“There’s no need to argue ‘should we have it, should we not’ — it’s coming,” Burdock said.

“We’ve got to make sure that people understand, first of all, this is not the marijuana that we grew up with. It’s not the Cheech and Chong stuff. A lot of us, that’s how we understood it from the movies of the day.”


Nova Scotia Marijuana Clinic Serving More Than 400 Clients After 1 Year

Originally created for military vets, the clinic offers its counselling services to all.

A large "Plants Not Pills" sign faces busy Kings Road in Sydney, N.S., the slogan for the chain of Marijuana for Trauma clinics.

Marijuana for Trauma was founded in Fredericton with the goal of helping veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

That was the plan when the group opened a facility in Sydney last year, but it soon began branching out.

It now offers its services to civilians interested in finding out more information about the uses of medicinal marijuana.


Hemp - A Growing Market

Hemp useful for food, cosmetics and textiles.

You could be forgiven for thinking a field full of tall, leafy crops in Baileys Brook is an illicit operation – but it’s perfectly legal, and not for smoking.

Bradley Jardine and Doug MacEachern are the owners of Northumberland Hemp, with 150 acres of industrial hemp growing in the province – mainly in Pictou County – that they process into hemp seed oil, flour and protein powder.

“As you can tell, it looks exactly the same as marijuana and that’s because it’s the same plant. It just has no THC, or very low levels,” Jardine said in an interview beside a 40-acre field where the plant is growing.


New Halifax cannabis clinic hopes to be alternative to opioids

A new medical marijuana clinic will open its doors in Halifax later this summer, with its director hoping to offer an alternative to opioids and other pharmaceuticals.

"We want to be able to provide a really sound and thorough method so people will understand that there are very significant alternatives that they need to look at," says Kenny Lord, director of National Access Cannabis' Atlantic region.


Nova Scotia medical marijuana dispensary expands to New Brunswick

A Nova Scotia medical marijuana dispensary has opened up shop in New Brunswick’s. Its owner says he’s already taken on 50 clients.Malachy McMeekin operates four medical marijuana dispensaries in Nova Scotia. He opened Tasty Budd’s in Riverview on June 24.“It just shows the clear demand for it,” McMeekin said.

McMeekin says he expanded to New Brunswick because New Brunswick patients were traveling to his province to get their prescriptions filled.


No Cannabis in Nova Scotia Group Home, Despite Girl's Prescription

12-year-old in provincial care denied permission to try medical marijuana to treat severe epilepsy.

Parents of a girl with severe epilepsy want to try treating their daughter with medicinal cannabis, but because she's living in a provincial care home, Nova Scotia's Department of Community Services won't allow it.

Morgan Oulton was born with multiple brain abnormalities and suffers from various forms of epilepsy. The 12-year-old has also been diagnosed with a variety of behaviour disorders, cognitive impairment, as well as autism.

Since she was three-years-old, Morgan has been on a series of medications to control her conditions. The drugs have had various rates of success, but also side effects. 


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