Are Nova Scotia Cannabis Stores Illegally Glamourizing and Normalizing Cannabis?

Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network


In Nova Scotia, government-run cannabis stores will have 4 distinct categories for their products in order to better help consumers find what they need:

  • Relax
  • Unwind
  • Centre
  • Enhance

Aside from the debatable semantics of the words (what exactly is the difference between “relax” and “unwind”, for example), the plans are being criticised by psychologist and Dalhousie professor Dr. Simon Sherry.

In an interview with CBC, Dr. Sherry warned against the categories created by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), the agency in charge of cannabis retail in the province, saying: “There’s a danger in all this. What our government and the NSLC are doing is that they are glamourizing and normalizing cannabis use”.

But the NSLC doesn’t see things the same way. It says the categories were created to educate and inform Nova Scotians about the different products it carries and the effects of particular strains.

David DiPersio, senior vice-president and chief services officer for the NSLC, told CBC:

“What we are doing here, in a very subtle way, is educating our consumers to the fact that this particular strain would create a different type of experience than another strain.

We feel it would have been a disservice and frankly a bit dangerous to our consumers if we weren’t able to actually explain what experience could result from the usage of a particular strain of cannabis.”

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