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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

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

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

Medical marijuana M&A in Canada: update

In October 2015, companies engaged in the licensed production and sale of marijuana welcomed the victory of pro-decriminalization candidate Justin Trudeau. Exactly what the victory meant for the heavily regulated industry was unclear but several publicly traded companies enjoyed an immediate rise in stock prices as the potential size of the market expanded significantly. In … 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

Navigating the ‘Great Marihuana Gold Rush’

In July 2013, new regulations relating to the use and production of medical marihuana came into force.  The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) significantly overhaul the previous statutory regime regulating medical marihuana in Canada. The new regulations privatize the production and distribution of marihuana by creating conditions for large scale production.  By 2024, the … Continue reading