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Nova Scotia announces pot will be sold through NSLC and online

Nova Scotia announces pot will be sold through NSLC and online
From CBC - December 7, 2017

The provincial government announced Thursday that pot will be sold through certain Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. outlets and online when recreational marijuana is expected to becomelegal in Canada next year.

The legal age to use, possess or purchase marijuana will be 19, the legal drinking age in Nova Scotia, Justice Minister Mark Fureysaid ata news conference.

People will be allowed to have up to 30 grams for personal consumption. They will alsobe allowed to grow up to four plants per household.

The Trudeau government introduced legislation in April with the goal of legalizingmarijuana by July 2018, but left it to the provinces to determine details such as how it will be sold.

The Nova Scotia government did not specify how many NSLC stores will carry marijuana, and said more details will be announced down the road.

"The NSLC has the experience and expertise to distribute and sell restricted products like alcohol and now cannabis in a socially responsible way," said Furey.

"We believe the NSLC is best positioned to sell cannabis, keeping it out of the hands of young people and making it legally available in a safe, regulated way."

The minister initially told reporters online sales would include home delivery, but later admitted that was a mistake and it was up to the NSLC to decide how to get pot into the hands of those who order it over the internet.

Fureysaid the dispensaries that exist today will be illegal.

PC MLA Karla MacFarlane called the decision to allow pot sales in outlets that already sell wine, beer and spirits "shameful."

"The danger is impulse," she said. "I have heard it from many youth, when you walk into a liquor store and you have the opportunity as well to purchase marijuana. Thescience is out there, the data is out there the two should not be mixed."

NDP Leader Gary Burrilloffered an opposite view, commending the government for choosing "the public sector road."

"In our view this is the right road, we think the government has made the right decision and we affirm it."

Unlike New Brunswickers, Nova Scotians will not be requiredtolock up marijuana, Furey said. The government anticipates people will secure cannabis asthey do prescription medications and alcohol.

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