cannabis

  • 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.

  • International law experts say legal cannabis defies Canada’s UN treaty obligations

    International law experts say legal cannabis defies Canada’s UN treaty obligations

    Nov 8, 2018

    Experts in international law say legalized recreational use of cannabis could spell political trouble on the international stage for Canada as it is going against three United Nations drug-control treaties.

  • 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.

  • Intellectual property law in the cannabis sector

    Intellectual property law in the cannabis sector

    Nov 2, 2018

    With recreational cannabis now legal in Canada, how has intellectual property law evolved and relate to the cannabis sector? Christie Bates, associate at McMillan LLP in Toronto, shares her expertise.

  • 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.

  • Credit card purchases for cannabis may not be private

    Credit card purchases for cannabis may not be private

    Oct 24, 2018

    Federal legislation makes it legal for Canadians to enjoy cannabis in the privacy of their homes. That legislation, however, does not necessarily offer privacy protection for cannabis purchasers. Legal experts have raised concerns that credit card data may not be stored in this country and may be accessible to prying eyes in other countries.

  • 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.

  • HR cannabis policy and watching the watchers

    Oct 22, 2018

    With the legalization of cannabis, employers, companies and employees now wonder how to deal with this new chemical in the workplace.

  • Calgary, Edmonton chiefs tell police, no pot on duty or off

    Calgary, Edmonton chiefs tell police, no pot on duty or off

    Oct 19, 2018

    Most Canadian police forces have laid down protocols for approved marijuana use by members and in some cases, members cannot ingest marijuana for several days prior to reporting for shift. For example in Toronto, the marijuana usage ban for front-line officers is 28 days. In other cases, such as for most of the military, the prohibition is for several hours. For most major police forces across the country the test is that, a member must be “fit for duty."

  • 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.