Category: Cannabis

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Your Guide to the 2019 Federal Budget

March 22, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the Government of Canada released its 2019 budget (2019 Budget) before the federal election later this year. We’ve summarized the key aspects from the 2019 Budget that may impact your business.  For tax changes, including proposed changes to the excise taxation of cannabis extracts (including oils), cannabis edibles and cannabis topicals, please see 2019 Federal Budget – Selected Tax…

2019 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 20, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2019 federal budget (2019 Budget). The government had already signalled that the primary focus of the 2019 Budget would not be business concerns as those had been largely addressed in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement. Given that 2019 is an election year, that should not be surprising. Nonetheless, the 2019…

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2019 Trends

February 6, 2019

The Blakes Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2019 Trends answers frequently asked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides an outlook for what 2019 may hold based on significant developments we observed in the Canadian deal environment.

Coming to a Store Near You: Ontario Unveils Its Retail Cannabis Licensing Regulations

November 16, 2018

The Government of Ontario (Government) has released its much-anticipated cannabis retail licensing regulations (Regulations) that set out several of the requirements for parties seeking to enter the retail market. It is expected that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will begin accepting applications on December 17, 2018, with stores to open by April 1, 2019. OPERATIONS Stores will need…

Blakes Cannabis Summit 2018

October 23, 2018

Join leaders in the Canadian cannabis industry for an in-depth look at the legal and regulatory landscape of medical and recreational cannabis. The Blakes Cannabis Summit will feature thought leaders from across the sector, along with Blakes lawyers, who will delve into the latest developments, potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for businesses. Topics and Panelists:   Capital Markets…

Ontario Government Announces Cannabis Retail Rules

October 22, 2018

Ontario has now passed Bill 36: Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 36), which sets out the government’s updated approach to the regulation of recreational cannabis. Bill 36 introduces the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 (Licence Act), which governs the regulation and licensure of private cannabis retailers and amends the legislation making up the previous regime, including the Cannabis Control…

Just in Time for Legalization, Federal Government Publishes Proposed Cannabis Excise Duty Rates

September 26, 2018

The federal government recently gave royal assent to the Budget Implementation Bill, 2018, No. 1, which amends the Excise Act, 2001 in order to implement a new framework for the taxation of cannabis. The new rules effectively place cannabis producers within the existing rules that currently apply excise duties on tobacco, wine and spirits producers under the Excise Act, 2001…

Senate Approves Canada’s Cannabis Act with Dozens of Amendments

June 11, 2018

On June 7, 2018, the Senate passed Bill C-45, Canada’s cannabis legalization bill, the Cannabis Act (Bill), but not before making a number of amendments. The Bill will now return to the House of Commons, where members of Parliament must decide whether to accept, reject or revise over 40 amendments that the Senate made to the Bill. The majority of…

Blakes Cannabis Roundtable

May 17, 2018

Join us for discussions around the current landscape and trends of the cannabis industry in Canada as we approach the legalization date. Hear from thought leaders on the state of the market, best practices for marketing and branding and the impact legalization will have on capital markets. For more information about legal trends to watch, please read our 2018 Legal…

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…

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