Category: Cannabis

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CRA Publishes Excise Duty Guidance and Licence Applications for Cannabis Producers

May 16, 2018

On May 14, 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) published its first guidance for cultivators, producers and packagers of cannabis products, as well as the application forms for excise duty licences and the cannabis excise stamping regime. The CRA has also committed to publishing at least one additional excise duty notice to explain how the proposed additional cannabis duty, which…

Cannabis Update: B.C. Rolls Out Cannabis Legislation and Retail Branding

April 27, 2018

On April 26, 2018, British Columbia released proposed legislation to provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis. The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) concurrently announced that, once legalized, public cannabis stores and online retail sales of non-medical cannabis will operate under the brand “BC Cannabis Stores.” ROLLING OUT PROVINCIAL LEGISLATION Bill 30 proposes the enactment of the Cannabis Control…

Securities Regulators Tell Aurora and CanniMed to Play by the (New) M&A Rules

March 26, 2018

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan and Ontario Securities Commission (together, the Commissions) recently released the highly-anticipated reasons for their decision relating to the unsolicited take-over bid (Aurora Offer) by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (Aurora) to acquire CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (CanniMed). The decision is the first time since the new take-over bid rules were adopted in 2016 that the…

Key Highlights from Health Canada’s Cannabis Consultation

March 21, 2018

With the Cannabis Act (Act) slowly winding its way through the Senate, Health Canada has been ramping up its efforts to clarify and define the regulatory framework for cannabis. To support the implementation of the Act, in November, Health Canada released a consultation paper (Paper) outlining a proposed regulatory framework and soliciting public feedback on the raft of proposals (see…

2018 Legal Trends: Cannabis

March 8, 2018

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, we first take a look at what’s on the horizon for cannabis. As the Canadian Cannabis Act works its way through Parliament, the Canadian cannabis sector continues to experience an extremely dynamic, fast-changing environment. Here are a few legal trends to watch for as the industry becomes more…

2018 Federal Budget: Excise Tax on Cannabis

March 2, 2018

On February 27, 2018, the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2018 Federal Budget (2018 Budget), which looks to implement the excise duty framework for cannabis that was proposed in November 2017 (see our November 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government Proposes Excise Duties for Cannabis Producers). The duty will generally apply to all products available for legal purchase, which at the outset…

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends

February 16, 2018

Our Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends answers frequentlyasked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides anoutlook for what 2018 may hold based on significant developments we observedfrom the Canadian deal environment in 2017.

Back in “Sessions”: CSA Reaffirms Disclosure-Based Approach For Canadian Reporting Issuers with U.S. Cannabis-Related Business Activities

February 12, 2018

On February 8, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a highly anticipated notice clarifying the CSA’s position regarding issuers with cannabis-related activities in the United States. The revised staff notice reaffirms the CSA’s disclosure-based approach and sets out additional disclosure expectations for issuers with U.S. cannabis-related activities. The notice follows the CSA’s previously released statement on January 12, 2018,…

B.C. Provides Update Relating to Retail and Wholesale Distribution of Non-Medical Cannabis

February 7, 2018

On February 5, 2018, the British Columbia government supplied additional insight into its proposed retail and wholesale distribution framework for non-medical cannabis through the release of its Private Retail Licensing Guide (Guide) and Liquor Distribution Branch Information Sheet. The B.C. government has noted that, while these publications set out its intentions for B.C.’s retail framework, this framework is subject to…

Ontario Seeks Input on Regulatory Proposals for Cannabis Legalization, Other Provincial Regulatory Frameworks Take Shape

January 23, 2018

Following shortly after the Ontario government’s passage of legislation regarding the use, sale and distribution of recreational cannabis in Ontario in December 2017, the province has unveiled a number of regulatory proposals on which it seeks public feedback. Among other things, the proposals seek to clarify where cannabis can be consumed and notably, solicit feedback on the possibility of permitting…

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