Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island both set legal age for marijuana use at 19

Nova Scotia and P.E.I. both set their legal age for marijuana at 19 on Thursday, but the two East Coast provinces are taking different paths on how weed will be sold.P.E.I. said it will sell marijuana at standalone outlets run separately by its liquor commission, while Nova Scotia said pot will be sold alongside alcohol in its provincial liquor stores.READ: N.S. sets legal age for marijuana use at 19, names NSLC as retailerJustice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday Nova Scotia believes selling marijuana through existing liquor stores will provide the necessary control to ensure public safety.Furey says cost wasn’t the determining factor when deciding between NSLC or private stores. First priority was public safety. #NS #cannabis pic.twitter.com/raB5vATphPStory continues below— Jennifer Grudić (@JenniferGrudic) December 7, 2017“They have a social responsibility mandate and we trust their experience in selling restricted products,” said Furey.“The Nova Scotia Liquor Commission also has the infrastructure in place to support a province-wide retail operation.”P.E.I. noted its decision on separate stores was in line with a recommendation last year by the federal task force on cannabis legalization and regulation. It said there should be no co-location of alcohol and cannabis sales where possible, saying that appropriate safeguards should be put in place if co-sales couldn’t be avoided.“Dedicated stores will avoid encouraging the use of both alcohol and cannabis together,” the Island government said in a release Thursday.The approach to retail varies nationally, with Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador offering pot sales through private stores, while British Columbia will sell through a mix of private and public stores. Ontario intends to sell the drug in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, while Quebec plans to sell pot through its provincially run liquor board and also plans to open 15 marijuana stores by July 1.Alberta to introduce cannabis legislation Thursday

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