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The Leafly Guide to Cannabis in 
Nova Scotia

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Last updated Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Where can you buy cannabis in Nova Scotia?

Starting October 17, 2018, nine retail cannabis stores will be open and handled by the publicly-run Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC).

The NSLC will launch its online retail site,, at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 17. You will need a special access code that can only be obtained by showing up in person at any NSLC store, presenting a valid ID with proof of age, and accepting a special no-cost card.

To find the retail cannabis stores near you, use Leafly’s Store Finder. It’ll map nearby stores and connect you to each store’s updated menu.

Find Cannabis in Nova Scotia

What can you grow?

You can start raising your own cannabis strains at home (for personal use, not for profit):

  • Limit of four plants per household from seeds bought from the NSLC
  • Plants must be hidden from public view
  • Landlords may limit or ban growing

How to Start an Indoor Cannabis Grow

How to Start an Outdoor Cannabis Grow

What’s the tax rate?

Canada’s federal government has proposed a cannabis excise tax across each province/territory of 10 per cent of the product price, or $1 per gram, whichever is higher. The federal government will hand over 75% of excise tax revenue to provinces for the first two years after legalization.

Sales tax rates of 5-15% may be applied by each individual province in addition to the federal excise tax. (Further details are forthcoming.)

What happens to medical cannabis?

Nothing. Canada’s medical cannabis system remains exactly as it was prior to October 17, 2018.

Learn About Canada’s Medical Marijuana Program

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