I hope the folks in the little university town of Sackville, New Brunswick are preparing for a substantial increase in “tourist” traffic this coming summer. I expect many of these 'tourists' will be coming from Nova Scotia.
The home of the Mounties has been announced as one of 15 New Brunswick communities in which Bruns Bud will be setting up. That's not the official name of the yet to be named provincial cannabis retailer, but I think it would be a good one. Government has my permission to use it if they wish.
Given the way things have worked with booze, gas, and smokes recently, cannabis prices in New Brunswick will be somewhat lower than in Nova Scotia and so folks from here will have one more reason for making an 'el cheapo' trip across the isthmus. They'll just have to go an additional 10 kilometers to get the bud.
On behalf of all these dedicated savers, I have a few questions that need to be addressed before joint legalization day.
Can we use a script from a Nova Scotia doctor to purchase our medicinal pot across the border?
Will we be given an appropriate receipt at the retailer so we can claim the purchase cost on our taxes like we do all our other medications?
Can we purchase additional recreational quantities in addition to any medicinal amount approved?
Finally, how in heck are the retailers going to know if it’s for medicinal or recreational purposes in the first place? Will there be a difference in the amounts and the qualities one can buy depending on whether it’s medicinal or not?
These are the questions people want the government to be addressing as they lay the groundwork for legalization. Those other issues like cost and taxing can be sorted out later. First things first!
Frank Likely is a retired Anglican minister and past president of the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce.