National Post: Nova Scotia Defends Controversial Plan to Sell Cannabis in Liquor Stores

Dr. Simon Sherry maintains co-locating cannabis and alcohol sales under the same roof puts many Nova Scotians’ health at serious risk.


July 26, 2018 1:22 PM EDT Last Updated July 26, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is defending its unique cannabis retail scheme that will sell weed in existing liquor stores amid criticisms the arrangement poses a public health risk.


A Halifax psychology professor issued a news release criticizing the model, which the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation says is unique in the world.


Marijuana is to be sold under the same roof as alcohol, although the two retail areas will be kept separate.


Simon Sherry of Dalhousie University said Wednesday other jurisdictions have kept them separate because “it’s just not a good idea.”


But Justice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday the NSLC has a track record with regulated products, and is following a federal marijuana panel’s advice on protective measures including staff training and no cross-promotion.


Twelve cannabis stores will open inside NSLC locations on Oct. 17.