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Learn About Marijuana In Nova Scotia

Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana in Nova Scotia

Where are Dispensaries Located in Nova Scotia?

Only the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) can sell marijuana. Nova Scotia has announced nine NSLC outlets where Nova Scotians can buy legal weed. The stores are in:

  • Amherst
  • Dartmouth
  • Halifax
  • Lower Sackville
  • New Glasgow
  • Sydney River
  • Truro
  • Yarmouth

Specifically, there is a former NSLC store on Clyde street in downtown Halifax that will re-open and exclusively sell cannabis.

Who Can Buy Medical Cannabis in Nova Scotia? Recreationally?

Per Nova Scotia Law, only people ages 19 and older can buy and consume marijuana. This is the same as the drinking age in Nova Scotia. Recreational cannabis legalization will not affect the way medical patients access cannabis.

If you have been authorized by a physician to use medical marijuana for medical purposes you can still buy it from a licensed dispensary. Since Health Canada regulates medical cannabis, approved physicians are the ones in charge of deciding if medical marijuana is the right treatment for anyone at any age.

How Do I Become a Medical Patient in Nova Scotia?

A patient must have records showing they’ve received medical consultation for a qualifying condition within the last five years to qualify for medical cannabis. The ACMPR program is in charge of all cases who want to become a medical patient for marijuana.

To be eligible for the ACMPR program you will need documentation confirming your diagnosis by your health care practitioner.  You can apply online.

Where Can I Consume Cannabis in Nova Scotia?

You will be able to use cannabis in the privacy of your own home. If you rent, your landlord can put rules in place about using and growing cannabis on their property. Cannabis in any form cannot be used in vehicles by the passenger or drivers.

The Smoke Free Places Act prohibit the use of cannabis in public places. Municipalities may pass additional bylaws concerning the use of cannabis in public places.

How Do I Get a Job in the Nova Scotia Cannabis Industry?

Since  Canada, and subsequently Nova Scotia, recently legalized the use of recreational marijuana, there will be many opportunities to get into the marijuana industry. You can find a variety of different jobs in the cannabis industry online.

Is Drug Testing for Cannabis Legal in Nova Scotia?

According to the article, “Lawyer suggests employers review drug and alcohol policies,” even with the legalization of recreational marijuana, laws and regulations for drug testing are not going to change. The whole country of Canada has a strong belief against randomly drug testing employees.

Canadians consider it discrimination to unreasonably drug test employees and is an invasion of privacy. However, employers are allowed to drug test employees if they are in a safety sensitive position such as working in:

  • Mine operations
  • Oil refineries
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Chemical plants
  • Airlines
  • Railway operations

The sole purpose of drug testing the employees in these positions is to maintain the safety of everyone around them, including themselves.

Is Marijuana Cannabis Legal in Nova Scotia?

Customers will also be able to buy cannabis online from the NSLC online website. Since patients and customers are allowed to buy marijuana online, marijuana delivery will be permitted. However details of this operation are not yet available.

How do I Pay for Cannabis in Nova Scotia Dispensaries?

Cash and card are anticipated to be accepted across the country.

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Nova Scotia Marijuana Laws

Possession Limits in Nova Scotia

If you're 19 or older, you will be allowed to have up to 30 grams of dried cannabis flower with you in public. There will be no restrictions on the amount of cannabis you can have in your home.

Edibles can be produced at home yet, as of August 2018, it remains illegal for cannabis-infused edibles to be sold in stores, restaurants, and markets.

Growing Cannabis at Home in Nova Scotia

Legal-age adults will be able to grow up to four cannabis plants per household. Each apartment in a house or building is considered a separate household.

Cannabis and Driving in Nova Scotia

Under the Cannabis Control Act, no one in a car, including the driver and all passengers, are permitted to smoke marijuana. The minimum fine for doing so is $1,000, but can be up to $2,000. Police will suspend the driver's license for a year for the first offense. For a second offense, the offender will spend a minimum of 30 days in jail and get their license suspended for over a year.

The rules for transporting cannabis in a vehicle will be the same as alcohol. Cannabis must be in a sealed bag and out of reach from anyone in the vehicle.

Cannabis and Minors in Nova Scotia

The fine for selling marijuana to someone under the age of 19 can be up $10,000. For anyone who is under the age of 19 who purchases marijuana will receive a fine of $150. Additionally, the police will also issue fines to anyone who is selling paraphernalia related to marijuana underage persons.

Limitations, Penalties, and Fines in Nova Scotia

Only the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is permitted to sell weed. Stores caught selling weed illegally will face fines ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. If you are caught buying cannabis from an illegal retailer you will receive a $250 fine.

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