marijuana

  • Budget 2019 clears the air on cannabis taxes

    Budget 2019 clears the air on cannabis taxes

    Mar 26, 2019

    Lawyers say new tax rules in the recently released federal budget provide clarification around some of the uncertainty faced by new cannabis businesses and medical cannabis users.

  • Providing clarity in the cannabis sector

    Providing clarity in the cannabis sector

    Mar 25, 2019

    In an industry that is struggling on a daily basis to interpret the regulations as set out by Health Canada, those in the cannabis sector work each day to determine if what they are doing complies with what the regulator has set out.

  • The green gold rush

    The green gold rush

    Mar 11, 2019

    Since the federal government’s Cannabis Act was passed into law in October, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis, the gold rush of activity in the sector has only intensified.

  • Change breeds opportunity: Top 10 Ontario Regional Firms

    Change breeds opportunity: Top 10 Ontario Regional Firms

    Mar 4, 2019

    Despite a rollercoaster stock market, tariffs and trade renegotiations and a new provincial government, Ontario’s top regional firms have had a prosperous year and expect more of the same for 2019.

  • Protecting cannabis IP

    Protecting cannabis IP

    Jan 14, 2019

    Canadian cannabis growers and retailers are expanding their businesses, in part through mergers and acquisitions, while more players are entering the market. All are turning to intellectual property lawyers to help protect their patents, trademarks and plant breeder’s rights.

  • Cannabis licence approval process means shortage could drag on

    Cannabis licence approval process means shortage could drag on

    Dec 4, 2018

    The current cannabis shortage could be stabilized by the spring of 2019, but it could eventually be replaced by a flood of product on the market that will then lead to lower prices and consolidation, say lawyers representing clients in the sector.

  • Ambiguity around marketing in Cannabis Act causing confusion

    Ambiguity around marketing in Cannabis Act causing confusion

    Nov 5, 2018

    Mark Gruchy says the confusion stems less from what the legislation says and more from what it does not say.

  • Legalization of cannabis may prompt some lawyers to seek help for addiction

    Legalization of cannabis may prompt some lawyers to seek help for addiction

    Nov 5, 2018

    The executive director of B.C.'s Lawyers Assistance Program says that with the decriminalization of marijuana, lawyers who are abusers are now more open to talking about their problem and seeking counselling.

  • GC of U.S. cannabis company prepping for IPO in Canada

    GC of U.S. cannabis company prepping for IPO in Canada

    Oct 31, 2018

    Zachary Kobrin has been watching the Canadian cannabis landscape for some time now and is preparing to navigate its securities landscape as the Florida-based medical marijuana company he represents prepares to go public on this side of the border.

  • Cannabis cultivation zoning bylaws can be ambiguous

    Cannabis cultivation zoning bylaws can be ambiguous

    Oct 30, 2018

    When it comes to cultivating large quantities of cannabis plants for medical purposes, sometimes jurisdictional zoning bylaws can be murky, as was evident in the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling on an injunction motion.

  • First Nations say land title gives rights to cannabis use and sales

    First Nations say land title gives rights to cannabis use and sales

    Oct 29, 2018

    First Nations officials say over-arching federal and provincial frameworks in place to regulate cannabis in Canada do not consider a third level of governance that comes from rights they already have over traditional lands.

  • After the destructive fool's errand of pot prohibition, expungement now!

    Oct 22, 2018

    Last week, the Liberal government, in a rare move, almost followed through on a key election promise. Marijuana is now legal in Canada — sort of.

  • Cannabis producers face complex combination of environmental laws

    Cannabis producers face complex combination of environmental laws

    Oct 18, 2018

    Traditionally, cannabis grow operations have been subject to one regulation — stay hidden from the police. But as the industry now legally produces a high-demand product on an industrial scale, there is a web of environmental laws and regulations from three levels of government producers must follow.

  • Criminal lawyers say pardons for pot possession don't go far enough

    Criminal lawyers say pardons for pot possession don't go far enough

    Oct 17, 2018

    The federal government plans to pardon all those convicted of possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis, as Oct. 17 marks the first day in the era of legal Canadian cannabis.

  • Cannabis across Canada

    Cannabis across Canada

    Oct 17, 2018

    Legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada finally takes effect today, Oct. 17, after it was delayed from the original date of July 1 to give provincial governments more time to put their individual plans in place.

  • Announcing TheCannabisChannel.ca

    Announcing TheCannabisChannel.ca

    Oct 17, 2018

    Cannabis is now legal in Canada, but there’s plenty of haze in the air for professionals.

  • Four common myths around cannabis legalization in Canada

    Four common myths around cannabis legalization in Canada

    Oct 15, 2018

    Recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17, but there are many myths and misconceptions about the substance and the laws that will govern its use.

  • Canadians skeptical law enforcement agencies are ready for cannabis

    Canadians skeptical law enforcement agencies are ready for cannabis

    Oct 3, 2018

    ​ Half of Canadians say that they don’t think their province, or its laws, are ready for marijuana legalization on Oct. 17, according to a study by the Angus Reid Institute. ​

  • The Liberals are all vision, no reform

    Oct 1, 2018

    Now is as good a time as any to see if the Liberals have lived up to their lofty justice promises.

  • Marijuana dispensaries face uncertain enforcement landscape post-legalization

    Marijuana dispensaries face uncertain enforcement landscape post-legalization

    Sep 21, 2018

    Many marijuana dispensaries, currently facing varying degrees of enforcement of their “grey market” activities across the country, are hoping to participate in the legal market. But legal experts have differing predictions about how the impending new legal framework will affect how these storefronts and their owners, whether they continue to sell illegally or not, will be treated by the authorities.