On October 17, 2018, customers will be able to purchase recreational cannabis from the NSLC. This is a new mandate for us and we are working hard to finalize the plans to sell this product in select stores and online.
We appreciate your patience as we develop our operational plan. We’re in the early stages but we are committed to sharing as much information as possible. Please check back regularly for updates.
Here's What We Know Now
WHO can buy recreational cannabis?
Any person over the age of 19 will be able to purchase the product once it is legalized.
WHAT cannabis products will be sold?
We will initially sell dried and fresh cannabis, cannabis oil and cannabis accessories. Edibles will not be sold until the federal government chooses to make them legal.
We are working to determine the details of the product assortment – the products and the package sizes. It is likely to include pre-packaged dried cannabis flowers (buds) as well as pre-rolled cannabis, cannabis oil, and a selection of related accessories required for consumption. These products are for recreational use only. Customers requiring cannabis for strictly medical reasons will continue to have access to the federally regulated market for medical cannabis direct from Licensed Producers. Please consult your health care provider for health-related questions and information about medicinal cannabis.
WHERE will I be able to buy recreational cannabis?
Recreational cannabis will be sold in 12 stores that are in population hubs in the province. They are the Amherst Mall, Antigonish, Dufferin St. in Bridgewater, Portland Street in Dartmouth, Joseph Howe Drive and Clyde Street in Halifax, Downsview Plaza in Lower Sackville, New Minas, Sydney River, Court Street in Truro, Yarmouth and East Side New Glasgow. All except the Clyde Street store will have retail cannabis sold at a store within our store. Clyde Street will be a stand-alone store. To see our initial store designs that were released to the public on May 7, visit our Cannabis Store Design page here.
All Nova Scotians of legal age will also be able to purchase cannabis from us online. Additional details about online sales will be announced at a future date.
WHEN will I be able to buy cannabis at the NSLC?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday, June 20 that Canadians will legally be able to consume cannabis for recreational use starting on October 17, 2018. Trudeau revealed the date during question period in the House of Commons.
WHY was the NSLC chosen?
We have a proven track record of success retailing a controlled product in a responsible way and providing a level of customer service that our customers enjoy. We plan to apply the same retail principals and industry best practice to cannabis and do so in a responsible manner and according to federal and provincial guidelines.
How will cannabis be sold?
Cannabis will be sold in select NSLC stores. To meet Health Canada regulations, the sales area will be restricted to those age 19 or older. CLICK HERE for what is acceptable ID.
The NSLC will also sell cannabis online. Delivery options are still being explored, but the person receiving the delivery will have to provide proof of age and sign for the product.