The Atlantica Party recommends that the government and NSLC vacate the cannabis business and turn it over entirely to Nova Scotian entrepreneurs.
This means any private Nova Scotia individual or group could start an entity to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis products. The government's role should be relegated to helping build the industry through licensing, providing standards, and law enforcement.
Many benefits will accrue to Nova Scotians:
- Opportunities for many new businesses, economic growth and jobs province-wide. Both directly in the industry and indirectly in support functions such as construction and software.
- Encourage exports to the other Canadian jurisdictions that are struggling under government involvement and the burgeoning US market.
- The expansion of the industry will see higher tax revenues.
- Make Nova Scotia a more attractive destination.
- Cannabis plants are environmentally friendly across a wide range of uses.
"Let's get the dynamism of Nova Scotians to build this industry into one that can compete globally," said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. "The other Canadian governments have created an opportunity for Nova Scotia. Let take it."
This policy is part of the Atlantica Party's program to make Nova Scotia a "have" province.
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The Atlantica Party was established in 2006 to promote a political revolution in Nova Scotia to fix our broken political system and empower the voter. It is the only political alternative committed to making Nova Scotia a "have" province.