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

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the store as more peo­ple joined the line, Alex LeBlanc was also out­side hold­ing a poster read­ing, ‘The Cannabis Act has made my life harder!’

LeBlanc, 33, has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, and is on in­come as­sis­tance. He said he can no longer af­ford to buy cannabis.

“I’m a low-in­come pa­tient. So­cial as­sis­tance does not fund cannabis, and MSI does not make a spe­cial ex­emp­tion. The med­i­ca­tion I want to take is now il­le­gal, and I can­not af­ford these prices. So I’m screwed,” he said.

“I’ve got no more meds, no more money, and now no way to or­der my meds. I don’t know what to do.”

Sup­ply prob­lem means prod­uct could sell out

NSLC spokesper­son Bev­er­ley Ware con­firmed cus­tomers can cur­rently pur­chase cannabis only in the form of dried flow­ers and pre­rolled joints. While a lim­ited num­ber of gel caps are avail­able, oils and seeds have not yet ar­rived in stores.

Ware said this is due to a sup­ply prob­lem all lo­ca­tions are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, which could also mean avail­able prod­ucts will soon sell out.

“We have less than 40 per cent of what we had an­tic­i­pated, but we did get some de­liv­er­ies to­day,” she said.

The max­i­mum amount of cannabis that can be pur­chased is up to 30 grams. Com­pleted or­ders are placed in pa­per bags rang­ing in size from small to medium to ac­com­mo­date the dif­fer­ent sizes of pack­ag­ing, ac­cord­ing to Ware.

“Many of these prod­ucts ... are quite large be­cause li­censed pro­duc­ers put Health Canada in­for­ma­tion on the pack­ag­ing, mean­ing they are sub­stan­tially larger than the prod­uct it­self,” she said.

Cus­tomers are also able to ob­tain ac­cess cards as of Oct. 17 at all NSLC lo­ca­tions for on­line cannabis pur­chases. There is no fee as­so­ci­ated with ob­tain­ing a card.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

Alex LeBlanc, 33, has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, and said he can no longer af­ford cannabis to treat his con­di­tion be­cause he is on as­sisted liv­ing, and can­not af­ford NSLC prices.

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