‘The Government Doesn’t Know How to Sell Drugs’: Does Nova Scotia Really Need More Cannabis Stores?

Article by Kim Hart Macneill, Growth Op

CULTURE 'The government doesn't know how to sell drugs': Does Nova Scotia really need more cannabis stores? The province is targeting remote communities with more cannabis retail outlets. Will it work? By Kim Hart Macneill Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. Opens First Legal Recreational Cannabis Store In Canada A resident holds up legally purchase cannabis products in Canada while exiting a Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. (NSLC) store in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada's drive to legalize marijuana kicks off early Wednesday with store openings on the Atlantic Coast, giving the country a massive head start in developing a global pot market that some analysts peg at $150 billion. Photographer: Dean Casavechia/Bloomberg ORG XMIT: 775244405 File - A Nova Scotian celebrates buying regulated cannabis on the first day of legalization, Oct. 17, 2018. Photo: Dean Casavechia/Bloomberg

For Michelle, driving to the closest provincially regulated cannabis store isn’t worth the gas money. Her closest option is nearly 70 kilometres from her home in Lawrencetown, N.S., a village of 668 people.

“We started growing just because of where we’re situated,” said Michelle, who asked to keep her last name private. “It’s not convenient to go to the NSLC, and I found the quality just wasn’t there for what you’re paying.” Before that, she bought from a “backyard dealer” who also grew his own.

On Feb. 14, the provincial government announced plans to more than double the number of Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (NSLC) stores selling cannabis products, from 12 to 26, by the end of March 2021. It’s an effort to reach consumers like Michelle in remote communities scattered across the province.

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