Nova Scotia Weed Laws & Purchasing Guidelines

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Nova Scotia’s cannabis laws are typical of most Canadian provinces. Recreational cannabis is available through multiple avenues but figuring out where to smoke it takes some creativity—or just someone’s house. 

Nova Scotia Possession, Purchasing, and Consumption Rules

You can buy and possess up to 30 grams of weed at a time legally in Nova Scotia if you are 19 or older. You can also grow up to four cannabis plants in your household for personal use. 

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Purchasing cannabis in store: You can purchase cannabis products including flower, edibles, extracts, and topicals from a Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) licensed cannabis retail store. 

Purchasing cannabis online: You can also order cannabis online from NSLC Cannabis, but you need to verify your age in person at an NSLC store to obtain the access code needed to enter the website. 

Consumption laws: You can consume cannabis in private residences as long as it’s okay with your landlord or property owner, but public consumption is illegal. Driving while high is illegal whether you are the one operating the vehicle or not. 

Licensing Rules for Retailers

Cannabis retail is regulated by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC). For now, the NSLC is not distributing more than the 12 cannabis retail licenses it has already issued.   

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