cannabis

  • 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.

  • Timely trademark applications, due diligence are essential for cannabis industry IP

    Timely trademark applications, due diligence are essential for cannabis industry IP

    Mar 7, 2019

    The future may be green, but as the cannabis industry in Canada expands by leaps and bounds since recreational use of the plant was legalized here in October, cannabis growers and retailers alike will need to move to protect their intellectual properties sooner rather than later, and to ensure they are complying with regulations.

  • 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.

  • Quebec Bar calls on government to roll back modifications to cannabis legislation

    Quebec Bar calls on government to roll back modifications to cannabis legislation

    Feb 15, 2019

    The Quebec Bar is calling on the province’s new government to rethink two key changes it is proposing in Bill 2 — An act to tighten the regulation of cannabis.

  • Canada may still be far from CBD legalization

    Canada may still be far from CBD legalization

    Feb 13, 2019

    Those looking to break into the cannabis market with cannabinol products may have their hands tied for the foreseeable future as some lawyers predict a lengthy delay in CBD legalization.

  • Cannabis Act takes a problematic approach to dealing with youths

    Cannabis Act takes a problematic approach to dealing with youths

    Feb 7, 2019

    After the legalization of recreational cannabis in 2018, discrepancies remain with how the Cannabis Act addresses youths.

  • Leafs in dispute with Snoop Dogg over cannabis trademark

    Leafs in dispute with Snoop Dogg over cannabis trademark

    Feb 6, 2019

    Snoop Dogg’s logo could be counter to Cannabis Act marketing rules, says David Lipkus partner at Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP and trademark agent.

  • Canada’s changing IP landscape

    Canada’s changing IP landscape

    Feb 4, 2019

    As part of its national Intellectual Property Strategy announcement in 2018, the Canadian government plans on investing $85.3 million over the next five years to help develop, protect and provide access to IP.

  • 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.

  • Dude, where’s my data? The OPC’s privacy guidance to cannabis retailers and purchasers

    Jan 14, 2019

    With much fanfare, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. On December 17, 2018, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada published preliminary guidance for cannabis retailers and customers regarding the protection of personal information collected during such transactions, including online transactions.

  • Lottery for retail cannabis favours big players

    Lottery for retail cannabis favours big players

    Jan 9, 2019

    Ontario’s cannabis retail authorization lottery guidelines place an onerous process on winners and only large, well-financed and established players will be able to handle it, say lawyers in the cannabis sector.

  • Action needed on pardon system, say criminal lawyers

    Action needed on pardon system, say criminal lawyers

    Jan 3, 2019

    The recommendations of a parliamentary committee looking into the criminal record pardon system is a microcosm of a government that has come up short on their promises for criminal justice reform, say criminal defence lawyers.

  • 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.

  • Import and export of cannabis in Canada

    Import and export of cannabis in Canada

    Nov 21, 2018

    Legal cannabis in Canada has opened up an entirely new industry and marketplace. But, what are the rules around importing and exporting recreational cannabis? Can it be imported and exported? What does this mean for Canada?

  • Everything you wanted to know about cannabis but thought it too illicit to ask

    Nov 19, 2018

    Canadians absorbed and inhaled the new Cannabis Act without any major societal destabilization. Now that the initial debris has settled, the overall haze may increase. What should you know about cannabis before the haze obscures your vision?

  • HRTO dismisses discrimination claim made by medical pot user

    HRTO dismisses discrimination claim made by medical pot user

    Nov 15, 2018

    The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found a litigant had no prospect of success in a claim that her employer-sponsored insurance plan was discriminating against her disability by refusing to pay for her medical cannabis.

  • Public policy shift over cannabis continues to reverberate in NFLD

    Public policy shift over cannabis continues to reverberate in NFLD

    Nov 15, 2018

    For Newfoundland and Labrador’s minister of justice, the national legalization of recreational cannabis is much more than an economic issue, a health issue or a legal issue — it’s a new way of governing and thinking about governing. This new landscape, Andrew Parsons recently told reporters, is "the hugest shift in public policy that we've seen of a social nature probably since Confederation."

  • Ontario establishes strict regulations for licensing and operation of private cannabis stores

    Ontario establishes strict regulations for licensing and operation of private cannabis stores

    Nov 15, 2018

    Ontario has implemented the latest phase of its response to the federal government's legalization of cannabis by passing new regulations around retail stores.