Shopping for legal weed in Nova Scotia is about to get a little more convenient for cannabis-loving Maritimers.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp., the province’s sole licensed cannabis retailer, has announced that more locations will start selling cannabis, which will more than double the number of legal retailers available to Nova Scotians, CBC reports.
The new moves are the province’s latest effort to “address geographical gaps” and better compete with illicit sellers, who currently dominate Nova Scotia cannabis sales.
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey announced the decision on Friday.
“We have said all along that we will move slowly and safely and need to be socially responsible and we are ready to take the next step,” Casey said in a press release. “We have recognized that online sales so far have not addressed areas of the province where there was a gap and it is apparent that new customers want the in-store experience. We feel that opening more stores is the most effective way to deal with the illicit market, protect our children and keep communities safe.”
Renovations on a total of 14 stores are poised to begin immediately, with a few stores expected to be completed as soon as autumn, and others expected to be ready by the end of the fiscal year. Once renovations are complete, the total number of licensed pot shops in Nova Scotia will jump to 26.
The new locations are set to open up shop in Annapolis Royal, Baddeck, Barrington Passage, Berwick, Elmsdale, Glace Bay, Liverpool, Mahone Bay, Bedford, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney Mines, Dartmouth, and Tantallon, the latter of which will consist of a 1,000 sq.-ft space.
NSLC President and CEO Greg Hughes says the new stores are crucial in the province’s ongoing competition with the illegal market.
“We’re pleased to announce that we will more than double the number of cannabis stores we have across the province,” Hughes said in a statement. “It’s an important step in fulfilling our mandate to make legal cannabis accessible to adult Nova Scotians who wish to purchase it and critical to making an impact on the illicit market.”
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Written by Emma Spears