Nova Scotia Safety Group Prepares for Marijuana Legalization

Article by The Chronicle Herald

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A Nova Scotia safety group is scrambling to get ready for the expected legalization of marijuana.

Injury-Free Nova Scotia is holding public meetings this month to discuss cannabis safety and how sales of it should be controlled, said Shirley Burdock, executive director of Injury-Free Nova Scotia, a group advocating for policy change around alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.

“There’s no need to argue ‘should we have it, should we not’ — it’s coming,” Burdock said.

“We’ve got to make sure that people understand, first of all, this is not the marijuana that we grew up with. It’s not the Cheech and Chong stuff. A lot of us, that’s how we understood it from the movies of the day.”

“When you get into discussing the edibles and how they’re being packaged to look like Kit Kat bars, and the extremely high rates of THC and other chemicals — it becomes a different discussion and you can understand why the risks are different.”

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