‘This is mon­u­men­tal’

Hun­dreds line up to pur­chase le­gal pot at NSLC in New Mi­nas

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - SARA ERIC­S­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

A lineup of nearly 200 peo­ple wrapped around three walls in­side the New Mi­nas NSLC store Oct. 17 as peo­ple waited to make their first le­gal pur­chase of cannabis.

The store opened early — the first in the province, at 9:30 a.m., ac­cord­ing to NSLC spokesper­son Bev­er­ley Ware — and still could barely ac­com­mo­date the lineup of cus­tomers, which grew to ex­tend out into the County Fair Mall.

New Mi­nas res­i­dent Kee­gan Pen­ney was among the first to buy cannabis and was all smiles as he ex­ited the store with his mile­stone pur­chase. He first ar­rived at the store at mid­night, ready to camp out, but de­cided to re­turn at 7 a.m.

“All it comes down to is that when there’s such an op­por­tu­nity as this, it’s hard to pass up. This is mon­u­men­tal, and I didn’t want to miss out,” he said while hold­ing his pur­chase in­side a large, brown pa­per bag.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

Ash­ley Zinck and Kee­gan Pen­ney smile as they hold their first pur­chase of le­gal cannabis from the NSLC in New Mi­nas.

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