Article by Richard Woodbury, CBC News
If you live in Liverpool on Nova Scotia’s South Shore and want to buy cannabis at a store once it is legalized this summer, your best bet will be a three-hour round trip to either Halifax or Yarmouth.
You should also figure on a long drive if you live in Port Hawkesbury, Chéticamp, Kentville, Parrsboro and plenty of other communities with Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. outlets that won’t be stocked with pot.
Many Nova Scotians, in fact, will find that buying cannabis in person is far more time consuming than what their counterparts will experience in the other Maritime provinces.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. have all decided that recreational pot will be sold through Crown corporations once legalization takes effect. They will all also offer home shipping.
Nine NSLC locations will stock cannabis, roughly one for every 106,000 Nova Scotians. By contrast, there will be one Cannabis NB store for every 38,000 New Brunswickers, the same ratio for government-owned P.E.I. stores.
In Nova Scotia, there will be two stores in Halifax and one in Amherst, Dartmouth, Lower Sackville, New Glasgow, Sydney River, Truro and Yarmouth.
Former Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter, who is now a cannabis lobbyist with Global Public Affairs, said Nova Scotia’s retail sales model is less than perfect.
“It’s fairly anemic in terms of its penetration into the market, the distribution model is extraordinarily limited,” he said.
While Nova Scotians will be able to purchase cannabis from nine NSLC locations, they’ll also be able to have it shipped to their home. NSLC spokesperson Beverley Ware said the price for shipping hasn’t been worked out yet.