Nova Scotia reviewing bizarre liquor laws that date back to Prohibition

Premier Stephen McNeil says the Nova Scotia government is reviewing bizarre liquor laws that date back to the Prohibition era.

Nova Scotia has 105 dry communities, most of them rural and unaware of their status.

It is the only province that restricts where liquor can be sold or produced through provincial legislation, and dry areas can only become wet through plebiscite.

Voters in two small districts inside the municipality of West Hants voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to allow the sale and production of liquor, ending their dry status.

McNeil said Thursday the province is currently reviewing all its liquor laws, and noted it recently changed a controversial markup fee applied to the breweries by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

Beginning April 1, the 50 cent per litre Retail Sales Markup Allocation on craft beer will be changed to five per cent of wholesale costs of sales made directly by brewers.