Recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia will be sold at nine government-owned liquor stores pending Canada’s nationwide legalization this summer.
The retail plan overlooks two major population areas, however.
The southern part of the province and Annapolis Valley, which represent over a quarter of Nova Scotia’s population, will be without retail outlets.
Cannabis sales will be co-located with alcohol in Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. stores in Amherst, Dartmouth, Lower Sackville, New Glasgow, Sydney River, Truro, Yarmouth and two locations in the capital Halifax.
The province said last month that online sales will also be offered and Nova Scotians will be allowed to grow up to four plants per household.
Neighboring New Brunswick will sell recreational cannabis in 20 government-run stores, even though it has a lower population.
The federal bill to legalize cannabis was approved in the House of Commons in December and is currently before the Senate for further study.