cannabis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cannabis prohibition, an absurd history part one

    Oct 8, 2018

    “Sittin’ downtown in a railway station One toke over the line.”

  • 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. ​

  • Undue hardship cited in medical marijuana ruling

    Undue hardship cited in medical marijuana ruling

    Sep 30, 2018

    For employers concerned about the growing use of medical marijuana by employees, a recent decision provides more answers — and perhaps some comfort — when it comes to accommodation.

  • Starseed GC educating employers on medicinal cannabis

    Starseed GC educating employers on medicinal cannabis

    Sep 25, 2018

    As with many general counsel in the cannabis industry in Canada, Jason Alexander is juggling all the issues in-house in the sector face every day, including whether or not travelling to the United States is a good idea right now.

  • 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.

  • First Nations want more control over legalization of cannabis

    First Nations want more control over legalization of cannabis

    Sep 7, 2018

    As the deadline looms for governments to establish or oversee legal outlets for the sale of recreational cannabis, at least one group of First Nations has said it plans to draft its own cannabis laws rather than wait for a provincial government to impose regulations.