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To ensure public safety and uniformity across the province’s legal cannabis market, lawmakers made the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) the only authorized cannabis retailer. Adults 19 years of age or older are legally allowed to purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis per transaction from NSLC retail stores or through the province’s online platform.

For more information on cannabis laws in Nova Scotia, click here.


Is cannabis legal in Nova Scotia?

Yes! Cannabis was legalized in Nova Scotia on October 17, 2018 when nationwide legalization went into effect across Canada.

What is the legal age for cannabis possession and consumption in Nova Scotia?

You must be 19 years of age or older to possess and consume cannabis in Nova Scotia.

How much cannabis can I possess in Nova Scotia?

In public, individuals ages 19 and over are legally permitted to possess up to 30 grams dried cannabis flower, or a combination of the equivalent. In the privacy of your own home, there is no limit to cannabis possession in Nova Scotia as long as it is for personal use.

Where can I consume cannabis in Nova Scotia?

The only legal place to consume cannabis in Nova Scotia is in the privacy of your own home or private residence. Landlords are legally allowed to implement specific language within lease agreements to prohibit consumption of any kind within that unit. Cannabis consumption is also prohibited in public places and within vehicles.

Are cannabis social lounges and cafes permitted in Nova Scotia?

There is no framework at this time for cannabis cafes and/or social lounges in Nova Scotia.

Is medical marijuana still available in Nova Scotia?

Yes. With legalization of recreational cannabis comes no changes to existing medical marijuana programs. Patients authorized by Health Canada are still legally allowed to purchase, grow, and designate someone to grow their medicine.

Can I grow my own cannabis in Nova Scotia?

Yes. Adults 19 years of age and older are legally allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants per household. Additionally, local municipalities are allowed to pass additional bylaws to restrict cultivation within communities.

Am I allowed to transport cannabis within Nova Scotia?

Yes. However, individuals transporting cannabis must take extra precaution. Nova Scotia’s cannabis transporting rules are designed in the same respect as alcohol. All cannabis products must remain in sealed, closed packages and must be completely out of reach from those riding in the vehicle. Fines up to $2,000 will be issued for violations.

Where can I purchase recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia?

The only authorized cannabis retailer in Nova Scotia is the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC). Purchases can be made either in person at an authorized NSLC store or online through their website.