Nova Scotians are encouraged to create their own personal directive to outline their wishes for care decisions if they are unable to make them. The Personal Directives Act takes effect Thursday, April 1. The act allows people to put their personal care wishes in writing and to appoint a delegate to make decisions on their behalf. Instructions will be followed when the person may no longer be capable of making the decisions because of illness or injury. “The Personal Directives Act will make a difference in the lives of many Nova Scotians,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “This act can help patients, their loved ones and health-care professionals, by removing doubt, conflict and uncertainty during difficult and emotional times.” This new law makes it easier for all Nova Scotians to express their wishes and to appoint someone they trust to make decisions regarding their health and personal care. Health care, nutrition, residence, clothing, hygiene, safety, comfort, recreation andsupport services are examples of matters that can be expressed in a personal directive, without requiring the assistance of a lawyer. “Many of us can relate to the unfortunate experience of having a loved one reach a state where they have to rely on others for assistance in making key decisions,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Before we reach that point, a personal directive can assist all of us. We should all take the initiative to prepare for a time when we may become vulnerable.” The legislation also provides instruction on the choice of a substitute decision-maker for health care decisions, if a personal directive has not been created. “It is a sad fact of life that sometimes illness or injury occurs suddenly and without warning,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “This legislation will allow people a further measure of control at a time when they may otherwise unable to communicate their wishes and values.” Nova Scotians can find the instructions and forms necessary for preparing a personal directive at www.gov.ns.ca/just .
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says sales at cannabis stores in the two weeks after legalization totalled $43 million.The agency started collecting data for in-store and online sales from cannabis retailers as of Oct. 17, when fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds became legal for recreational use in the country.The first set of data released Friday as part of the agency’s broader monthly retail trade figures only encompassed two weeks, but will reflect a complete reference month in the future.Efforts underway to convert 10 Coffee Time shops into cannabis stores in Ontario‘Consolidate, or get left behind’: Aleafia scoops up Emblem in first significant cannabis merger since legalizationUse cash, not credit, Privacy watchdog warns legal cannabis buyersStatistics Canada says different retail structures in each province and territory affected cannabis availability across the country.The agency says retail figures will vary as new stores continue to come on line and the marketplace evolves.Recreational pot supply shortages have been a persistent problem since legalization with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently calling the supply shortfall the biggest challenge associated with the change. He noted, however, that he expects the problem to disappear within a year.Edibles have yet to be allowed to be legally sold, but Health Canada released draft regulations Thursday for the sale of edibles. They will become legal no later than Oct. 17, 2019.The regulations, which ask for public input until Feb. 20, would restrict the sale of cannabis-infused booze, and packaging or labelling beer or wine products together with cannabis.Packages of edibles won’t be permitted more than 10 milligrams of THC, while extracts and topicals could not exceed 1,000 milligrams of THC.The regulations propose restrictions on ingredients that could make the products more appeal to children, as well as requiring plain and child-resistant packaging that displays a standard cannabis symbol with a health warning.