Upcoming cannabis legislation
Survey will be open until October 27, 2017
Have your say
We want your input as we develop our provincial rules and regulations for recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia.
Fill out our online survey to share your thoughts.
Until the federal Cannabis Act has passed, it is still against the law to possess or use or sell recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia’s priorities
Our first priority is the health and safety of Nova Scotians, especially children and youth. That means:
- keeping cannabis out of the hands of children
- keeping impaired drivers off the roads
- keeping profits out of the hands of organized crime
Role of Provinces and Territories
The federal government plans to pass legislation that sets a framework for legalizing recreational cannabis. Within this framework, each province and territory must make their own rules and regulations for sale, possession and use.
Jurisdictional responsibilities for the legalization of cannabis
|Activity||Federal responsibility||Provincial responsibility|
|Advertisement and packaging**|
|Seed-to-sale tracking system|
|Production (cultivation and processing)|
|Age limit (federal minimum)**|
|Home cultivation (growing plants at home)**|
|Distribution and wholesaling|
|Retail locations and rules|
|Land use and/or zoning|
** Provinces will have the ability to strengthen legislation for these areas under federal jurisdiction.