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Nova Scotia, Canada Releases Provincial Cannabis Industry Regulations

The legal purchasing age for cannabis Nova Scotia, Canada will be set at 19 and the provincial Liquor Corporation (NSLC) will sell the product through its liquor stores, according to regulations unveiled by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. The NSLC will also oversee distribution and online sales.

The number of retail locations cannabis will be available has not yet been determined; the 19-year-old purchase and possession age is in line with regulations in New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The province will establish penalties for youth possession up to five grams.

Minister of Justice Mark Furey said officials chose the NSLC due to their “experience and expertise” distrusting and selling “restricted products.”

“As we prepare for the legalization of cannabis, our top priority has been the health and safety of Nova Scotians, especially children and youth. The policy decisions announced today, and those yet to come, have been greatly informed by the feedback we received through our extensive consultation, as well as the experience of other jurisdictions.” – Attorney General Furey

Under the regulations, consumers will be able to grow up to four plants per household and possess up to 30 grams in public. The possession limit is in line with federal regulations.

So far, Quebec, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and Alberta have each unveiled their provincial rules. Saskatchewan officials released public survey results last month that they indicated would be used to promulgate the provincial regulations.   

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