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“Weeding out the competition” – an update on M&A activity in the cannabis sector

As discussed in previously, the legalization of cannabis in October 2018 sparked a flurry of activity in the Canadian market, as both foreign and domestic investors were eager to enter the space. Notably, in 2018, M&A transactions peaked with over 700 deals completed in the cannabis sector, the total value of which exceeded US$12 billion. … Continue reading

Spreading like weeds: alternative cannabis products are on the way!

As we have previously discussed, Canada has positioned itself as a global leader in the cannabis space. That trend is set to continue on October 17, 2019, when it is expected that alternative cannabis products, which include edibles, infused beverages and topicals containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates will be legalized in Canada. The sale of a new and wider … Continue reading

Health Canada changes cannabis licensing process

On May 8, 2019, Health Canada announced that it is introducing changes to its cannabis licensing process, effective immediately. Before the change, an applicant can apply for a cannabis license by submitting paper application to Health Canada without having to build a facility first. Now, a new applicant for licence to cultivate, process or sell … Continue reading

Cannabis and corporate governance: time for grow ops to grow up?

Since the legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018, the Canadian cannabis industry has experienced a significant boom. In its 2018 Cannabis Report, Deloitte predicted that legal sales of marijuana are expected to generate up to $4.34 billion in 2019. Moreover, and as previously discussed, Health Canada has introduced draft regulations governing the production … Continue reading

A budding investment – food and beverage investment opportunities and strategic partnerships in the growing cannabis industry

In December of 2018, Health Canada introduced draft regulations governing the production and sale of additional cannabis products, namely edibles, extracts, and topicals (the Cannabis 2.0 regulations). These regulations are set to take effect no later than October 17, 2019 and will introduce notable opportunities for food and beverage companies to enter into strategic partnerships … Continue reading

Beware the zombie invasion (stock exchange edition)

On September 18, Deloitte released a new report which outlines a roadmap for the competitive business climate in Canada. Included in the report is a warning that “Canada may have a zombie problem.” Luckily, Deloitte isn’t raising concern about hordes of flesh-eating undead, but rather the relatively large number of “zombie companies” that exist on … Continue reading

Gauging the impact of a Canada-U.S. trade war on cross-border M&A

On May 31, 2018 the United States (U.S.) government announced that it would be imposing tariffs on a number of Canadian products, including steel and aluminum at a rate of 25% and 10% respectively. In response, the Canadian government imposed its own surtaxes of approximately C$16.6 billion on imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from … Continue reading

Will Canada soon be a global leader in the cannabis space?

Recently, the Cannabis Act was granted Royal Assent, resulting in the official passing of the legislation for legalizing cannabis in Canada. The Act is expected to be in force as of October 17, 2018. The Canadian government’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana may significantly impact capital markets and M&A deals. The decision to legalize recreational marijuana … Continue reading

Cannabis: a budding Canadian industry

Last week, we covered EY’s recently released report (the Report) surveying the bourgeoning cannabis sector in Canada. The impending legalization of cannabis has weighty implications for the Canadian economy, but may also impact the global markets more broadly. Capital markets, the jobs market, mergers and acquisitions activity and intellectual property, among others, stand to be … Continue reading

Consolidation within the cannabis industry

As the government prepares for legalization of recreational marijuana this summer, Canada’s cannabis producers and distributors are bracing themselves for a period of consolidation leading up to and following legalization. A recent report published by Ernst&Young (EY) provides insight into the current state of Canada’s cannabis industry. EY surveyed 11 licensed producers and found that … Continue reading

CSA, TSX and TSX Venture Exchange provide expectations for reporting issuers with activities in the U.S. cannabis industry

Last year, we discussed predictions of increased M&A activity in the cannabis sector, given the federal Liberal Government’s push to legalize cannabis for recreational use.  That push picked up steam earlier this year with the introduction of the Cannabis Act (which we summarized here).  When implemented, the Cannabis Act will legalize cannabis for recreational use … Continue reading

Budding M&A and financing activity in the marijuana industry

In September 2016, this blog noted that analysts were predicting higher levels of M&A activity in the marijuana industry. Early last month, we commented that the launch of several Canadian marijuana “streaming” companies – which provide financing to start-ups in exchange for a portion of the start-up’s future product at a fixed price (or a … Continue reading

Smooth sailing for marijuana start-up streaming deals?

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-45 in the House of Commons. This proposed legislation marks an important step towards the Liberal government’s promise to legalize and regulate the possession, sale, and distribution of cannabis in Canada before July 1, 2018. As the bill currently stands, upon coming into force, Canadians over … Continue reading

M&A activity predicted in the marijuana industry

The marijuana industry has been high on analysts’ lists ever since Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party were elected in late 2015. Some analysts predict the legalized pot industry to be a $5 billion market in Canada alone. Thus, it is clear that a new and lucrative market is burgeoning. Analysts are predicting a high level … Continue reading

Commercial medical marihuana: a potential multi-billion dollar industry?

In July 2013, the government adopted the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (the MMPR), superseding the 2001 regulations on the same subject matter. The MMPR became fully implemented on March 31, 2014, dramatically changing the rules of supply of medical marihuana, from a cottage industry in which approved patients grow their own or buy from … Continue reading
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