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Nova Scotians feel less healthy — experts believe excessive cannabis, alcohol use is to blame

Nova Scotians aren’t feeling too healthy compared to other Canadian provinces.

A 2018 survey of the province from Statistics Canada showed that 20,300 fewer Nova Scotians described their health as “very good” or “excellent” when compared to the previous year — the number fell from 494,300 to 474,000 respondents.

An increase of 12,000 Nova Scotians described their general health as “fair” or “poor” – up to 128,000 from 116,000 in 2017.


Atlantic Cannabis Conference & Expo: education through connection

The Atlantic Cannabis Conference & Expo (ACExpo), the region’s first-ever cannabis conference, is intended to clear the air—and any confusion—about cannabis in an age of legalization.


Medicinal cannabis user evicted from smoke-free N.S. apartment

A Dartmouth, N.S., man with a physical disability is fighting for the right to smoke medicinal pot in a smoke-free apartment, as he takes his battle to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

Philip Bennett, 57, was evicted from his apartment on Friday after losing several legal challenges at the provincial Residential Tenancies Board and small claims court.

That night, he slept in his motorized wheelchair out in the woods, which was made worse by the fact it was raining.

“I had to cut a garbage bag to put it over my head,” he told CTV News Atlantic.

Bennett has since taken up temporary residence at a motel, after receiving money from members of the Dartmouth’s medical cannabis community.


How medical marijuana use could make one Nova Scotia man homeless

Philip Bennett could soon be homeless.

The 57-year-old is getting kicked out of his apartment building because he smoked and vaped medical marijuana on his balcony. 

He uses the marijuana to treat the pain caused by a genetic disorder that's slowly destroying his body. It has already robbed him of his ability to walk long distances.

Outside of his apartment, Bennett requires a motorized wheelchair to get around. 

Bennett's landlord wants him out of the apartment building in Dartmouth by May 1, saying that Bennett broke the building's ban on marijuana use and that his smoking caused another tenant to move out.

That's led to a legal fight that questions what right a landlord has to decide the kind of medication a tenant can use.


Pot prices higher than ever after legalization

Numbers released this week by Statistics Canada say cannabis prices have risen an average of 17 per cent since last October.

In Nova Scotia, the average price -- legal or black market -- went from $7.29 to $8.73 per gram, up 19.7 per cent.

The biggest change was in New Brunswick, up an average of 30.5 per cent, while the lowest change was in British Columbia, with an increase of just 3.7 per cent.

The numbers are based on consumer submissions to Statistics Canada since legalization.


From pulp and paper to marijuana, the rebranding of Queens County

Queens County in Nova Scotia is embracing a new type of crop cultivation.

For decades, the forestry sector was the biggest employer in the area. But in 2012, the Bowater Mersey pulp mill was shut down and hundreds of people were suddenly out of a job.

Seven years later, there's a cannabis production facility on the former mill site and 50 people are working there.

Owner Aqualitas set up its operation in one of the old Bowater warehouses.

It's an investment that hasn't come cheaply.

The large warehouse is one of the newer buildings on the site, but it still cost $20 million to get it ready for cannabis production, says Aqualitas CEO MyrnaGillis.


Cannabis still a hot purchase across the province, including in Cape Breton

As the legalization of cannabis in Nova Scotia nears its six-month anniversary, it appears sales are still “smoking hot” across the province, including Cape Breton.

“While we aren’t experiencing the lineups in our stores that we saw in the early days, we are seeing a consistent pattern in sales with our stores in metro Halifax and Sydney River doing the greatest volume of business,” said Beverly Ware, spokeswoman with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.

“The growth of local product sales continues to be strong as Nova Scotians appreciate the quality of local product offerings and show their support for innovative local business that provide local jobs and invest in their communities.”


Edibles legalization fraught with hurdles, lack of clarity, companies say

From the classic pot brownie to cannabis-infused cotton candy, there is no shortage of options for edibles at an illicit dispensary in downtown Toronto.

Among the people lining up to browse and buy, one 34-year-old IT worker chooses gummy bears for what he says is his first-ever edibles purchase. The Toronto man, who did not want to be named, said he preferred edibles over smoking cannabis because he can avoid the pungent smell and partake indoors.

"These are more convenient," he said, adding that among his friends who are cannabis users, half of them say edibles are their form of choice even though they aren't legal in Canada yet.


New Nova Scotia facility plays role in growth of Zenabis’ N.B. plant

Zenabis CEO Andrew Grieve says having the 255,000-square-foot facility in operation not only will allow the company to produce more, but also allow more flexibility to how it disperses its resources across its two other plants, one in New Brunswick and the other in Langley, B.C.

“We actually have a 255,000-square-foot facility that we can use for a variety of different components of our business, whether that’s processing and packaging, manufacturing, or a range of other activities,” says Grieve. “This provides us with additional significant flexibility and additional cultivation capacity.”


Stellarton marijuana operation gets 18.5 million gram production licence

A new cultivation facility in Stellarton has received the green light to begin producing up to 18,500 kilograms of dried cannabis per year.

Vancouver-based company Zenabis Global Inc. received its cultivation licence from the federal government on Friday, and CEO Andrew Grieve said the work had already started on production of the first crop, which will be ready in a few months. Zenabis is the sixth company to be licensed to produce recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia.

Grieve said that the indoor, 255,000-square-foot Stellarton facility is expected to support 200 full-time jobs at full capacity.


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