Nova Scotia unveils recreational marijuana legislation

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Nova Scotia became the latest province in Canada to unveil its legislative framework for recreational cannabis, laying down the ground rules for sales and consumption.

While the bill leaves retail entrepreneurs on the sidelines, Nova Scotia boasts tax credits and affordable real estate that could benefit ancillary businesses ranging from cultivation equipment and packaging to security and legal services.

The Cannabis Control Act calls for recreational marijuana to be sold through existing government-run liquor stores and online to anyone 19 or older after the federal government finalizes its legislation, which is expected later this summer.

The bill was introduced in Nova Scotia’s legislature Tuesday.

Adults will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis when outside their home.

The bill also allows home grow of four plants per household.

More highlights include:

  • Municipalities will have the authority to set stricter consumption rules through bylaws.
  • Landlords will be allowed to amend leases with rules around recreational cannabis smoking and cultivation; tenants can provide notice of termination.
  • The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. will sell dried cannabis, oil and seeds.
  • The province has not decided whether plants will be sold.
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