Nova Scotians will be heading to the NSLC to buy legal cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals when they hit store shelves in December.
Karen Casey, the minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, made the announcement Monday.
She said the plan is to follow the same model as they did with dried flower, oils, pre-rolls and capsules.
"The products will be sold in the same 12 stores that we have now for cannabis, the same 12 sites," she said in an interview Monday afternoon. "It will be online as well."
Four of those NSLCs are in HRM; on Portland St. in Dartmouth, Joseph Howe Dr. in Halifax, Downsview Plaza in Lower Sackville and the stand-alone store in the south end on Clyde Street.
Casey said, through the rollout in 2018, the Crown corporation has proven its ability to safely sell controlled substances.
"Once the staff are trained, knowledgeable and comfortable with the product, they will certainly be a great asset to the consumer who may have questions." she explained. "To have knowledgeable staff there to answer them is one of the things we want."
"NSLC has proven that they could do that in the first round and we have confidence they can do that this time around."
The corporation's president and CEO Greg Hughes says work will start immediately to prepare for the new products.
Casey believes some renovations to the stores will be needed, but nothing like we saw last year.
"We don't anticipate the large capital costs that were there with the first rollout," she explained. "That was part of the information we needed from them. They're quite comfortable and confident they can carry this product without significant renovations."
Details on pricing, packaging, and suppliers and specific product information are still to come. Casey said that will all be handled by Health Canada.
"They have not finalized those regulations. We expect that they will be finalized by the date of October 17," she said. "Following that, there has to be people who are licenced to produce and be the suppliers."
Lack of supply has been blamed for a shortage of cannabis across the country following legalization on October 17, 2018. Casey said it's difficult to say if the same thing will happen with edibles, extracts, and topicals but she's hopeful that won't be the case this time around.
It's expected the products will be legally available for purchase shortly before Christmas.