Bridgewater NSLC outlet to sell cannabis

by Charles Mandel

It looks as if the Nova Scotia government realized they can't leave the South Shore high and dry when it comes to the legal sale of recreational marijuana.

The province announced May 1 that the Nova Scotia Liqour Corporation Store in Bridgewater at 274 Dufferin Street will sell legal cannabis.

When the Liberal government first announced the list of stores, not a single outlet was scheduled for the South Shore, with the nearest being in Halifax in one direction and Yarmouth in the other.

The government also announced new stores for New Minas and Antigonish.

Those stores will open in the fall as renovations are completed at each.

"Since we announced the first nine stores that would sell cannabis, NSLC has been working to identify additional locations that could be renovated for cannabis sales," Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey said in a statement.

"The addition of these three stores will provide greater access to the legal market for Nova Scotians."

In January, the province announced that nine NSLC stores in Amherst, Dartmouth, Halifax (two), Lower Sackville, New Glasgow, Sydney River, Truro and Yarmouth will sell cannabis when legalization comes into effect.

Corporate social responsibility will be a core value that guides how the NSLC sells cannabis, according to a government release.

The NSLC will comply with all federal requirements with regards to how cannabis is sold and advertised. Staff will be trained to help customers make informed, responsible choices, signs will educate customers about the dangers of using cannabis and alcohol together and there will be no cross-promotion of alcohol and cannabis.

Cannabis products will be sold in a separate area and will not be visible from the rest of the store. Youth under 19 will not be allowed in this section.

Until federal cannabis legislation is proclaimed, it is still against the law to possess, use, cultivate or sell recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia. It is anticipated that the federal government will legalize recreational marijuana in July 2018.

For more information on cannabis legalization, visit www.novascotia.ca/cannabis.

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