19 is the legal age to use, buy, grow or possess cannabis in Nova Scotia. If you’re under 19, you can be fined or face criminal charges.
Legal age adults can grow up to four cannabis plants per household. Each apartment in a house or building is considered a separate household. Take extra care to grow safely if you have children or pets at home.
If you’re 19 or over, you can have up to 30 grams of dried cannabis (or equivalent) with you in public. There are no restrictions on how much you can keep in your home, as long as it’s for personal use. Store cannabis safely and keep it away from children and pets.
Cannabis laws are different in each province and territory in Canada. Here’s what you need to know about what is and isn’t legal in Nova Scotia.
You can only buy cannabis legally from NSLC
Municipalities may pass additional bylaws that further restrict cultivation. Some have, so be aware of local bylaws.
The rules for transporting cannabis in a vehicle are the same as alcohol. Cannabis must be in a closed, sealed package and out of reach from anyone in the vehicle. You can be fined up to $2,000 for improper storage.
The legalization of recreational cannabis has not changed the way medical patients access cannabis.
There’s a limit to how much you can possess
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is the only authorized retailer of recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia. Cannabis can be purchased by adults 19 or over at designated NSLC stores or online. For more information, visit the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.
Federal regulations for the legal sale and production of edible cannabis, extracts and topicals came into effect on October 17, 2019. Consumers should expect to see products on NSLC shelves beginning no earlier than mid-December 2019 due to Health Canada’s review process.
The only way to purchase medical cannabis is:
Extracts and topicals are legal in Canada as of October 17, 2019.
Edible cannabis products are allowed to have:
You cannot smoke or vape cannabis:
Rules for the workplace
Employers (and supervisors):
Employees and workers:
Edible cannabis products must contain no nicotine or added alcohol.
Other outdoor areas
Ontario has strict rules in place to make sure workplaces are safe.
You may grow up to four cannabis plants per residence (not per person) if: