Cannabis Law


  • Cannabis companies still fighting for IP rights, says Blakes panel

    Cannabis companies still fighting for IP rights, says Blakes panel

    May 13, 2019

    Seven months after legalization, there is still a long line for production licences and a mad, unpredictable scramble for intellectual property rights, say lawyers advising clients in the cannabis sector.

  • Law is not a tournament

    Apr 29, 2019

    My favourite metaphor that I have ever heard to describe the law student experience from before law school to landing a job at a firm is from Peter Thiel, founder of eBay and one of the first investors in Facebook, famous for giving Mark Zuckerberg a cheque for US$500,000 and, according to legend, saying (in somewhat different words), “Don’t mess it up.”

  • Expansion for cannabis companies must include foreign markets

    Expansion for cannabis companies must include foreign markets

    Apr 8, 2019

    International trade is crucial for the success of Canadian cannabis companies, even though exporting in the highly regulated industry presents significant challenges, say lawyers familiar with international trade and cannabis regulations.

  • Oral fluid testing presents problems

    Oral fluid testing presents problems

    Mar 18, 2019

    Criminal defence and employment lawyers say that with new provisions in the Criminal Code around testing for cannabis usage, the reliability of oral fluid testing remains controversial.

  • Companies need to be aware of advertising restrictions

    Companies need to be aware of advertising restrictions

    Mar 18, 2019

    The rules around advertising and promotion of cannabis are restrictive; however, lawyers say there is room within federal regulations to be creative if their clients are willing to assume a little risk.

  • Retailers and producers work out structure of storefronts

    Retailers and producers work out structure of storefronts

    Mar 18, 2019

    With the rollout of private retail cannabis stores in Ontario, the province put restrictions in place to ensure that licensed producers can only maintain a 9.9-per-cent stake in those retail outlets.

  • Condo boards shifting rules after legalization

    Condo boards shifting rules after legalization

    Mar 18, 2019

    Lawyers say some Ontario condominiums have been looking to change their rules to restrict cannabis. They say there are options for legally prohibiting cannabis in buildings, such as grandfathering rules to existing residents or owners if those guidelines to prohibit smoking were not in place before the Oct. 17, 2018 legalization date.

  • Privacy protection at issue in pot purchases

    Privacy protection at issue in pot purchases

    Mar 11, 2019

    Protecting the identity and financial information of those who purchase marijuana is one of the primary concerns of the nascent retail market for recently legal marijuana, say lawyers.

  • Lottery for retail cannabis favours big players

    Lottery for retail cannabis favours big players

    Jan 14, 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.

  • ADR can help with cannabis law

    ADR can help with cannabis law

    Dec 10, 2018

    Alternative dispute resolution methods could help resolve disputes arising from the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, say lawyers.

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