Category: Cannabis

What Are the Challenges and Opportunities in Ontario’s Budding Cannabis Retail Market?

August 15, 2019

On August 20, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will announce the winners in the province’s Second Allocation Expression of Interest Lottery of retail store authorizations – 42 additional retail licences will be allocated by lottery, with eight more having been allotted to First Nations reserves. In this video interview with BNN Bloomberg, Blakes Associate Chris Nyberg from…

Second Retail Lottery in Ontario: Tricks and Traps for Applicants

July 26, 2019

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced a subsequent allocation process for an additional 50 retail store authorizations (RSAs) in Ontario. Forty-two of these RSAs will be granted through a second allocation expression of interest lottery (Second Lottery) and the remaining eight RSAs have been allotted for First Nations reserves on a first-come, first-served basis. The 42 RSAs…

Health Canada Introduces Cannabis Health Products, A Budding Category

June 24, 2019

The federal government recently launched a consultation to seek feedback on the introduction of a new category of health products with cannabis, referred to as cannabis health products (CHPs). If implemented, this regime would have the potential to create a new market for cannabis products in Canada, especially given the recent interest in using cannabidiol (CBD)-based products for minor ailments….

Blakes Cannabis Roundtable

June 18, 2019

Cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals will soon be permitted for sale in Canada. While we have an idea of how these new forms of cannabis will be regulated, the burning question facing the industry is how do current participants adapt and what opportunities and challenges will arise? Join us to hear thought leaders discuss the issues related to production, sale…

Business of Cannabis – Medical Cannabis Week Program

June 4, 2019

In May 2019, Blakes sponsored and co-hosted Medical Cannabis Week, organized by the Business of Cannabis, including a program on Innovation in the Medical Cannabis Space. From Blakes, Robin Linley moderated the second panel of this program, in which Melanie Baird, Tricia Kuhl and Leah Rodin, along with Mary Jane Richards, Associate General Counsel of Shopify, discussed legal considerations for technology and innovation in medical…

Significant Changes to Canada’s Cannabis Licensing Process

May 8, 2019

Health Canada has issued a press release stating that it is changing the application process for licences to cultivate cannabis, process cannabis or sell cannabis for medical purposes (Commercial Licences). Effective immediately, Health Canada will require new applicants for Commercial Licences to have a completed site that meets all the requirements of the Cannabis Act (Act) and Cannabis Regulations (Regulations) at the time…

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…