Category: Cannabis

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Provincial Cannabis Regimes Come Into Focus

November 10, 2017

Closely following the introduction of Ontario’s recent cannabis legislation, described in our November 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Ontario Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Recreational Cannabis, new details have emerged regarding the plans of the governments of New Brunswick and Manitoba to govern the sale of cannabis in their provinces. Plans for the Government of Alberta are expected to be released next…

Ontario Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Recreational Cannabis

November 3, 2017

On November 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017 (Bill) in the Ontario legislature, to establish regulations governing the sale, distribution, cultivation and consumption of cannabis in the province. In particular, the Bill seeks to enact the Cannabis Act, 2017 (Cannabis Act) and Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act,…

Protecting Cannabis Strains in Canada: A Growing Concern

October 26, 2017

Entrepreneurs and investors are quickly seeking to capitalize on what has been coined the “Green Rush” to the cannabis market. Those who finance, develop, produce and sell cannabis or cannabis derivatives should be cognizant of the intellectual property rights that are available in such products, as well as the risks of violating the rights of others. Plant breeders’ rights (PBRs),…

Cannabis M&A: Overview of Strategies for Buying or Selling a Business

October 10, 2017

As Canada gears up to legalize cannabis for recreational use (expected by July 2018), companies operating in the sector and those in ancillary markets are looking to raise capital to fund their business plans and expected expansions, some with an eye on opportunities to raise public capital for growth through acquisition. A significant milestone for many companies in a growth…

Alert: Amendments to Cannabis Act Announced

October 6, 2017

The Canadian government’s cannabis legalization bill, Bill C-45, better known as the Cannabis Act (Bill), completed the House of Commons committee process on October 3, 2017. After hearing from a number of witnesses and members of Parliament, the Standing Committee on Health made substantive changes. In particular, the Bill was revised to add edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates to…

Alberta Unveils Cannabis Distribution Plans

October 5, 2017

On October 4, 2017, the Government of Alberta (Province) released its proposed Alberta Cannabis Framework (Framework). The Framework is based on the Province’s four policy priorities: keeping cannabis away from children; protecting public health; promoting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces; and limiting the illegal market for cannabis. Although the Framework does not conclusively settle the issue…

Blakes Cannabis Summit 2017

October 3, 2017

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 in Canada and the U.S., along with Blakes lawyers, who will delve into the latest developments, potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for businesses intersecting…

10 Ways to Reduce Cannabis-Related Litigation Risks

September 29, 2017

In addition to the regulatory compliance issues that may arise from the production and sale of cannabis, companies operating in this space face many of the traditional legal concerns, including contractual, employment and privacy litigation, as well as intellectual property and product liability issues. The cost, time and effort expended defending litigation can substantially and directly impact an organization’s reputation…

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…

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