Category: Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

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How the Comeau Decision May Affect Inter-Provincial Distribution of Cannabis

September 12, 2017

A recent appeal regarding the inter-provincial importation of alcohol may have impact on the structure of provincial cannabis distribution in Canada. The appeal of R. v. Comeau (Comeau) is currently before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) and could significantly impact the fast-developing legislative and regulatory regimes for recreational cannabis. Licences issued under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes…

Ontario Unveils Cannabis Distribution Plans

September 8, 2017

On September 8, 2017, Ontario unveiled its plan to give the existing Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) the oversight of retail sales of recreational cannabis in Ontario, upon its legalization in Canada. Sales will be made through new standalone cannabis stores (not combined with alcohol) and through an online ordering service. The announcement is consistent with broad industry expectations…

Cannabis Legalization: Ontario Seeks Public Input to Develop Provincial Laws

July 14, 2017

Ontario’s path towards cannabis regulation took another step forward on July 12, 2017, as the Ontario provincial government released a consultation paper seeking input on how the province should approach cannabis legalization. The consultation paper comes on the heels of the introduction of the federal government’s Cannabis Act in April 2017 (see our April 13, 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government…

Cannabis, Commercial Real Estate and the Environment — Things to Consider Before You Get Into the Weeds

June 15, 2017

Cannabis legalization has been in the spotlight since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put the issue on the agenda as part of his 2015 campaign. Details have begun emerging around how cannabis production, sale and consumption will be regulated with the recent introduction by the federal government of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (Bill) (for further information, please see our April…

Banking Cannabis Clients Under Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Regime

May 25, 2017

Unlike the United States, where the sale of cannabis remains illegal federally, the sale of cannabis for medicinal purposes has been legalized in Canada. Following a recent announcement by the Canadian government, legislation has now been proposed that would expand access to cannabis by legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis by registered dealers in Canada. Under the proposed legislation, the…

Blakes Roundtable: Cannabis

May 2, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government announced much anticipated legislation to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. This roundtable brings thought leaders from across the sector in Canada and the U.S., together with Blakes lawyers, who will consider the challenges and opportunities resulting from the legislation and its far-reaching and extensive potential impacts on business….

Federal Cannabis Legislation: Five Key Considerations for Employers

April 27, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), which will legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada (see our April 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government Introduces Cannabis Legislation. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if passed, is expected to take effect on or before July 2018. The…

Ontario Court Allows Workplace Random Drug and Alcohol Testing to Proceed

April 26, 2017

In April 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice allowed the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to proceed with implementing random drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive employees, pending the outcome of an ongoing arbitration. The decision, finding in favour of the employer, is a rare and important case on the issue of random workplace drug and alcohol testing, which had…

Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.

Federal Government Introduces Cannabis Legislation

April 13, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), the much-anticipated legislation to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if passed, is expected to take effect on or before July 2018. The two main policy objectives cited by the federal government in enacting…

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