Canada is legalizing adult-use marijuana nationwide and it should be available by July of 2018. Every province in Canada is deciding for itself how cannabis will be sold. Some provinces are being more conservative, while others like Nova Scotia are just trying to make it simple.
Nova Scotia tries to make business simple anyways. As an example, its liquor industry is controlled by a single group and as far as Nova Scotia is concerned, it does a fine job.
Nova Scotia, a province on Canada’s eastern shore, announced on Thursday that the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, its sole alcohol distributor, would sell the drug in its stores and on its website once Canada legalizes weed in July of next year.
“The NSLC has the experience and expertise to distribute and sell restricted products like alcohol and now cannabis in a socially responsible way,” Justice Minister Mark Furey said at a press conference. “We believe the NSLC is best positioned to sell cannabis, keeping it out of the hands of young people and making it legally available in a safe, regulated way.”
“Does it increase or decrease cannabis consumption and alcohol consumption to have the two together?” asked Mark Haden, a professor of public policy at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health. He called the whole thing a “debate with no evidence” at this point.
Nova Scotians will be allowed 30 grams (roughly 30 to 40 joints), and must be over the age of 19 to purchase marijuana. Canada will legalize the drug in July, but has left it up to its 10 provinces to decide where they will sell it, how much residents can have, and what the legal parameters around its dispensaries are. Ontario is also planning to sell its marijuana in liquor stores. Some provinces, however, are opting instead for government-run stores, like New Brunswick, where stores will ban advertising and window displays.
The United States embraces the idea that competition creates a fairer market place and fairer pricing. Do you think that allowing one group to control both the alcohol and marijuana industry is alright if it makes it more convenient to the consumers?