Province to update on plans for marijuana legalization

For The Globe and Mail

For The Globe and Mail

Government officials made the announcement on Thursday morning following the release of findings from a survey of Nova Scotians.

"The NSLC has the experience and expertise to distribute and sell restricted products like alcohol and now cannabis in a socially responsible way", said Justice Minister Mark Furey.

In September, the province's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang suggested the legal age for use should be 21 years old.

Unlike New Brunswick, which has set rules requiring cannabis users to keep their cannabis locked up in their homes, Furey says Nova Scotia does not plan on imposing such requirements.

In October, the province conducted public consultations on the legalization of cannabis. "We believe the NSLC is best positioned to sell cannabis, keeping it out of the hands of young people and making it legally available in a safe, regulated way".

Details of online sales and locations of retail stores will be announced later.

Other cannabis guidelines announced by the government include a personal possession limit of up to 30 grams and a personal cultivation limit of up to four plants per household.

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