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Cannabis edibles selling out quickly across N.S.

NSLC Spokesperson Beverly Ware tells NEWS 95.7 that stock is already running low for newly released cannabis edibles.

A small initial shipment originally arrived in stores on Monday, December 23, consisting of soft chews and chocolates, tea bags and vaping products were already selling out.

Halifax's Clyde Street store — the only stand-alone cannabis store — sold out of both chocolates and chews on Monday.

As of Friday afternoon, Ware says "almost all" stores are now running low on cannabis gummies and chocolate.

Ware also added that stores still have a limited stock of vape products and teas, but stores are not expected to receive any more product until the New Year.


Nova Scotia to sell cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals before end of the year

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation will sell cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals when the products become legal later this year.

Finance Minister Karen Casey says the government had great success with NSLC when they were asked to take on the retail for cannabis last year.

"They've proven they could take on the cannabis and so we asked them what it might look like if they were given the expanded mandate for the edibles, extracts and topicals," Casey said Monday in an interview.


Nova Scotia woman plans to challenge laws after testing positive for cannabis

A Nova Scotia woman has plans to challenge how police test cannabis impairment after her saliva tested positive for the drug when she was pulled over at a roadside checkpoint.

Michelle Gray of Middle Sackville, N.S., who has multiple sclerosis, uses dried cannabis flower and cannabis oil to treat her symptoms.

Gray says that she was pulled over on January 4 by RCMP officers during a routine traffic check. At the time, she says she was unconcerned because she had not consumed cannabis for at least six hours before getting behind the wheel. Her teenage son was also in the car.


CBD oil shortage continues as marijuana producers scramble to meet demand

Mona Scott was one of the first people to line up at a marijuana store in Nova Scotia on the first day of recreational legalization, eager to get her hands on a type of non-impairing cannabis extract after hearing about its medicinal benefits.

But she quickly discovered there was no CBD oil in stock that day in October, nor have there been any bottles in the 10 times since that she's visited the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. store in Truro, N.S.

"The last time I went in was about the first week of December when the guy walked over to me and said, 'We don't have any and we're not going to have any for six months,'" said Scott, who sought out the oil to treat her anxiety.


Nova Scotia hospital sees increase in cannabis-related calls

Following an influx of calls to its poison center, the IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia is warning parents about the dangers of edible marijuana. The center said it received three times as many cannabis-related calls in 2018 than in 2015.

The Centre said that other poison centers across Canada have received more calls than usual since the country legalized cannabis in October. Most of the issues have been a result of exposure to concentrated forms of cannabis and other infused edibles. Many of the calls have been in relation to children aged 12 and under.


Local cannabis entrepreneur fights weed stigma

A Halifax business is attempting to disprove myths and solve unforeseen obstacles as it trailblazes through the uncharted territory of the cannabis accessory market.

Doobtool Inc. is a Halifax-based company that creates and sells a cannabis case and multi-tool, designed to make smoking and carrying marijuana easier for an active user.

“The idea started as a necessity,” said Brett Evans, founder of Doobtool. “I still am a cannabis consumer with an active lifestyle.

Evans, a long-time cannabis activist, said part of his mission with the Doobtool is to disprove the stereotype of cannabis consumers being lazy.


NSLC sells $17M in cannabis, but it's not enough to turn a profit on pot

Cannabis managed to bring in $17.4 million in sales for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation in the first few months of legalization, but that wasn't enough to make the bud profitable for the provincial Crown corporation. 

"We're not making money on cannabis at this point because of the implementation costs," NSLC spokesperson Beverly Ware said Tuesday. 

Those costs include renovating stores, purchasing products, along with the hiring and training of new employees. 


Nova Scotia plans to add more cannabis retail stores

The Province of Nova Scotia has reported seeing slower than expected online cannabis sales and as such plans to add more retail stores.

Finance Minister Karen Casey said that the province has asked the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation to add to their current 12 locations and in doing so, it would address some of the geographical that areas that aren’t currently being serviced with a retail store.

“We believed that online would address some of those areas of the province where there was a gap,” said Casey. “We’ve recognized that to date it has not materialized, so we have to look at how can we get out to other areas if online is not going to bring the consumer in.”


Canada: Halifax homicide victim owned chain of cannabis dispensaries

The victim of Halifax’s latest homicide was the owner of a chain of medical cannabis dispensaries in the municipality, one of which was the scene of a suspicious fire this summer.

Ryan Michael Nehiley, 25, was pronounced dead in hospital Friday night. Police said he was shot in his home on Clovis Ave. in Spryfield.

On Saturday morning, police tape surrounded 25 Clovis Ave., a three-storey house on a residential street. Dozens of evidence markers were scattered around the property.


Cannabis legalization having different effects on policing across Atlantic Canada

If you’re wondering how police forces in this part of the country have been affected since the legalization of marijuana, it depends on where you live.

Three major cities in Atlantic Canada have seen different trends since Oct. 17.

“Now, there’s more ease to laying a charge, as opposed to a Criminal Code offence. … The issue is dealt with there on the scene, as opposed to going to court.”

RCMP N.L. Cpl. Jolene Garland

With little change reported by Halifax police and a slight decrease in violations seen in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador have seen a few more infractions as people are becoming familiar with the new regulations.


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