Carman Pirie is an owner of Kula Partners, a marketing company in Halifax.

On Thursday we learned the NSLC will have a monopoly on weed sales when cannabis is legalized next year.

The province also said people will be allowed to have up to 30 grams for personal use and grow up to four plants per household. The legal age is set at 19.

We reached out to Carman Pirie, co-owner of marketing firm Kula Partners, who favours a café and store model of selling cannabis. He lobbied his MLA, but that didn’t work.

He says we need to look at the supply side too.

If they’re not doing so in a way that provides a bit of an on-ramp for those people who are operating in the grey market today to begin to participate in the legal cannabis economy … then those people and all of that talent and knowledge about how to grow this substance and how to talk about it and how to sell it is going to remain in the black market.

Hear the full conversation.

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Plus, we talk about the Integrated Mobility Plan, which was passed by council on Tuesday. Read Erica Butler’s comprehensive summary for details.

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  1. Three comments for current government.
    1. Follow the Brew Pub model and allow producers to sell and patrons to partake in their business. Also allow stand alone stores along with the NSLC. Get into this NS produced marketing immediately.
    2. Don’t add any new pollution in the Atlantic to potentially destroy a fishing industry in Northern Nova Scotia.
    3. Don’t allow tires to be burned for energy. Plain stupid.
    These three mistakes alone will be the downfall of the current government – nothing positive in these measures and there will be a big cost to pay politically.