No Strait area sites chosen to sell cannabis

HALIFAX: Cannabis will be sold at nine Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) stores across Nova Scotia. Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mark Furey announced the locations today.

The nine stores selling cannabis beginning in July do not include any locations in Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness, or Richmond counties, with the closest locations in New Glasgow and Sydney River. Other sites are: Amherst; Dartmouth; Halifax; Lower Sackville; Truro; and Yarmouth.

On-line sales from the NSLC, with home delivery, will also be offered. Additional details about on-line sales will be announced at a future date. Nova Scotians will also be able to grow up to four plants per household.

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“Our main priority in preparing for the legalization of cannabis has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of Nova Scotians,” said Furey. “Selling through NSLC stores allows us to leverage their experience and expertise in selling these products responsibly in a safe environment.”

Corporate social responsibility will be a core value that guides how the NSLC sells cannabis. The NSLC will comply with all federal requirements with regards to how cannabis is sold and advertised. Staff will be trained to help customers make informed, responsible choices.

A request for proposals will be issued later today for construction services to make alterations to the locations listed above.

The federal government recently completed consultation on additional regulations. These regulations, which may include packaging, labelling and tracking, will impact how retailers will sell cannabis. Additional announcements about the NSLC’s cannabis retail model, including store configuration, will be made as decisions are finalized.

For more information on cannabis legalization, visit: www.novascotia.ca/cannabis.