Nova Scotia Defends Controversial Plan to Sell Cannabis in Liquor Stores

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Nova Scotia defends controversial plan to sell cannabis in liquor stores By Staff The Canadian Press The NSLC expects to keep upwards of 75 strains of cannabis in their outlets when recreational cannabis becomes legal on Oct. 17. Reynold Gregor/ Global News

Nova Scotia is defending its unique cannabis retail scheme that will sell weed in existing liquor stores amid criticisms the arrangement poses a public health risk.

A Halifax psychology professor issued a news release criticizing the model, which the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation says is unique in the world.

Marijuana is to be sold under the same roof as alcohol, although the two retail areas will be kept separate.

Simon Sherry of Dalhousie University said Wednesday other jurisdictions have kept them separate because “it’s just not a good idea.”

But Justice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday the NSLC has a track record with regulated products, and is following a federal marijuana panel’s advice on protective measures including staff training and no cross-promotion.

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