'The government doesn't know how to sell drugs': Does Nova Scotia really need more cannabis stores?

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For Michelle, driving to the closest provincially regulated cannabis store isn’t worth the gas money. Her closest option is nearly 70 kilometres from her home in Lawrencetown, N.S., a village of 668 people.

“We started growing just because of where we’re situated,” said Michelle, who asked to keep her last name private. “It’s not convenient to go to the NSLC, and I found the quality just wasn’t there for what you’re paying.” Before that, she bought from a “backyard dealer” who also grew his own.

On Feb. 14, the provincial government announced plans to more than double the number of Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (NSLC) stores selling cannabis products, from 12 to 26, by the end of March 2021. It’s an effort to reach consumers like Michelle in remote communities scattered across the province.

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