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Nova Scotia’s Canadian Cannabis

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, August 30, 2020

Weed is popular.

Nova Scotians found that out after that Canadian island province located in the North Atlantic,  legalized cannabis for adult recreational use, along with the 9 other provinces and 2 territories.

Cannabis, which Canadians nationally made 100% legal in October 2018 in every Canadian province and territory, had remained illegal for adult recreational use and largely unregulated until then.

The largely rural, Christian Catholic/Protestant, English-speaking provincial island just off the coast of the American state of Maine, has a population approaching 1 million, and demographically, the 25-44, and 45-to-64 age categories constitute the majority of the population, followed by those aged 65-and-older.

The Canadian government also found that in the 4th quarter of 2019, of all Canadian provinces, 27.5% of Nova Scotians had consumed cannabis within the last 90 days, and in two categories, an even 47% of those surveyed – the majority – were between the ages of 25 and 44 who had consumed.

Following the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, and the subsequent Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, the Canadian federal Cannabis Act, which became effective 17 October 2018, made Canada the second nation globally to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. Uruguay, however, was first.

In Canada, cannabis may be legally consumed recreationally by young adults aged 18, or older, whereas in the United States, 21 is the law.

Canadian federal law allows each province and city to establish laws and regulations regarding use, sale, possession, and other aspects including home growing for personal consumption, and Nova Scotia’s legal age of recreational cannabis use is 19.

So, in Nova Scotia, when that province first established legal cannabis sales and possession, their sales were nothing short of spectacular.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, a provincial crown corporation which is the island’s exclusive wholesaler and retailer of beverage alcohol and cannabis, has over 1400 employees and returns profits to the community, reported that by noon on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the first day of sales, they’d sold $100,000, which increased to $268,000 by 3 p.m. Two hours later, a total of $373,000 had been sold in stores, with another $20,450 generated in online sales.


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