Nova Scotia to Hit Cannabis Deadline — Premier

Article by The Chronicle Herald

N.S. to hit cannabis deadline — premier THE CHRONICLE HERALD

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says the province aims to have regulations and safeguards in place for the legalization of cannabis by next July, despite a number of outstanding questions.

McNeil told The Chronicle Herald on Thursday that the provinces and territories are still waiting for answers from the federal government regarding a series of issues.

After the Council of Federation meetings last month in Edmonton, where concerns were raised by some provinces about meeting the federal government’s legal marijuana deadline, the premiers asked Ottawa for clarification on five points.

These included questions about road safety and enforcement mechanisms; preparation and training for a distribution network; taxation arrangements and cost coverage; public education campaigns; and supply, demand and their relationship to the illegal market.

McNeil said he is looking forward to a response on those questions, expected within the next couple of months — particularly on taxation, and on what constitutes impairment from a legal standpoint.

He also said consistency between provinces will be important.

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