Nova Scotia’s Laws For Marijuana Legalization

Like the other provinces in Canada, Nova Scotia is preparing for the legalization date for marijuana to pass. With millions of grams of marijuana freshly shipped into the area, the province is ready for October 17, 2018 to come. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the specific policies in place for marijuana legalization.

What Is The Legal Status Of Marijuana In Nova Scotia?

Right now, it is only legal for medical purposes. However, that is all set to change on October 17, 2018, when marijuana will be legalized throughout the province and nation. At that point, you will be able to buy marijuana. However, edibles will still be illegal to sell even though you are allowed to make your own.

Where Will I Buy Marijuana When It Is Legal?

Nova Scotia is an outlier when it comes to marijuana as it has only one authorized dealer for marijuana in the immediate future. Namely, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation will be the only company allowed to sell marijuana. They will sell both in their retail outlets as well as on their online website.

How Old Do I Need To Be To Buy Marijuana?

Like most other places throughout the country, you are going to need to be 19 years of age to purchase marijuana. Unless there is a medical justification for possession, any person 18 or younger in possession of more than 5 grams will be charged with a crime and fined.

Can I Just Grow Marijuana At Home?

Although you will only be able to buy the seeds from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, you are still allowed to grow plants at home. Specifically, you can grow up to four plants at a time per household. This is not a per-person rate- only four plants in your home at any time and out of the reach of minors.

How Much Marijuana Can I Buy At One Time?

Adults will be able to purchase upwards of 30 grams, the maximum carry limit, during a single purchase. Since the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is going to sell many different forms of cannabis, the limit is the equivalent of 30 grams of marijuana sold at any point.

What Is The Legal Possession Limit On Marijuana?

The legal possession limit on marijuana outside of your home is 30 grams. There is no legal limit to how much you can have in your home as long as you are using it for personal use and not for sale. There are fines if you are caught with more than 30 grams.

Where Am I Allowed To Use Marijuana?

You can only use marijuana in the comfort of your home. However, landlords may change their leases to disallow combustible marijuana use. You also cannot use combustible cannabis in public, though the loophole on oils may be closing as well.


All in all, Nova Scotia seems to be pretty standard with their marijuana legalization. Aside from having one corporation in control of the entire process, the laws are quite relaxed. Follow the rules, have fun, and enjoy the legalization.

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