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Alison Hayman and Marco Ciarlariello Discuss the Marketing & Branding of Cannabis

Alison Hayman and Marco Ciarlariello have been quoted in the article “After Six Months of Legal Cannabis, What Have We Learned so Far,” published by The Message, a publication devoted to Canadian marketing.

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Voting Now Open: Jonathan Sherman Named Finalist for Attorney of the Year at the O'Cannabiz Industry Awards

O'Cannabiz will be hosting its 2019 Industry Awards Gala on April 25, 2019. Our own Jonathan Sherman has been named a finalist in the "Attorney of the Year" category for his work advising clients in this new and evolving industry. 

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A Joint Effort: Nova Scotia Court Certifies Canada’s First Ever Cannabis Product Liability Class Action

With the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in Canada, product liability litigation was almost certain to follow. Recently, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court certified the first ever Canadian product liability class action against a licensed cannabis producer in Downton v Organigram Inc. This certification decision signals that Canadian cannabis producers will not be immune to the emerging trend seen in the United States, where the decriminalization of cannabis in certain states has spurred the growth of product liability class actions in the industry. The Downton decision does provide some hints as to how the Canadian plaintiffs’ bar will frame and approach such actions and how cannabis producers can implement strategies to avoid and mitigate the risk of litigation arising from their products.

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Incoming U.S. Attorney General indicates he will not “go after” marijuana companies in Senate Confirmation Hearings

During the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Attorney General nominee William P. Barr touched upon his position on cannabis, offering, to the relief of cannabis companies, a markedly different approach than his predecessor, former U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions. 

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Chuck Rich Quoted in The Globe and Mail on Big Banks & Cannabis in the Wake of PharmHouse Deal

Chuck Rich has been quoted in the article "PharmHouse Debt Deal Shows Industry Maturing," published by The Globe and Mail.

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Chuck Rich Looks at Canada's Big Banks and the Cannabis Industry with Business Insider

Chuck Rich has been quoted in the article "Canada's Largest Banks are Writing Large Checks to Support Pot Companies, Betting Weed can Mean Big Business," published by Business Insider.

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Frank Robinson Discusses Concerns over Ontario's Limit on Pot Retail Licenses with Pot Network

Frank Robinson has been quoted in a story titled "Concerns Arise as Ontario Limits Pot Retail Licenses to 25 in New Lottery System," published by Pot Network.

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Frank Robinson Speaks to BNN Bloomberg on Franchise’s Potential Role in Ontario Retail for Cannabis

Frank Robinson was interviewed on BNN Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Markets for a segment titled “Why franchising could be the answer to cannabis retail in Ontario."

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Why Franchising Could be the Answer to Retailing Cannabis in Ontario

People across Canada this week will walk into stores and legally purchase marijuana. But not in Ontario. A recent and radical restructuring of the cannabis retail regime from public to private, though welcome by many, has left the largest market for cannabis consumption in Canada the least prepared.

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Cannabis in Canada: The State of the Law

October 17, 2018, marks a historic day in the evolution of cannabis regulations both domestically and abroad. As the first state in the G20 to regulate recreational cannabis, Canada has become the international leader in the development of sensible and progressive policies governing the cultivation, processing, sale and possession of cannabis.

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Oct 16, 2018
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Ontario Human Rights Commission Posts Q and A on Cannabis and the Human Rights Code

With legalization on Ontario’s doorstep, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has issued a new policy discussing the impact of legal cannabis on human rights issues in the province. The policy document correctly notes that the legalization of cannabis does not change how employers must respond to impairment and addiction at work but it does highlight the rights of employees with scent sensitivities to be protected from cannabis smoke or vapours in the workplace, which is an area of concern that we expect our clients will hear more about as recreational cannabis use becomes more common. 

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Canadian Securities Regulators Issue Guidance Regarding Cannabis-Related Disclosures

On October 10, 2018, Staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators published a notice (the Notice) summarizing the results of a review conducted by the securities regulatory authorities in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Québec of the disclosure of 70 reporting issuers in the cannabis industry. This review included reporting issuers with varying levels of involvement in the industry and with operations in different countries.

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Ontario Unveils Plans for Retail Cannabis Sales

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Government of Ontario introduced new legislation to regulate the sale and recreational use of cannabis. The proposed legislation provides a full-framework for the regulation of cannabis retail following its legalization.

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Frank Robinson Looks at Franchise as a Possible Model for Cannabis in Ontario with Bloomberg

Frank Robinson has been quoted in an article titled "Ontario's Pot Restrictions Have Producers Seeking Workarounds" published by Bloomberg.

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Frank Robinson Discusses New Ontario Cannabis Retail Regulations with Investing News Network

Frank Robinson has been quoted in an article on Investing News Network titled "Cannabis Market Reacts to Ontario Retail Restrictions."

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Is Franchising the Answer for Cannabis Retail in Ontario?

Doug Ford’s radical restructuring of Ontario’s recreational cannabis retail regime was welcomed by anyone doubting the prior plan’s ability to spur and maintain a vibrant and competitive industry capable of satisfying demand and stamping out the black market. A slow out of the gate provincial pot monopoly would have been an anachronism destined to miss the mark, leaving consumers underserviced and disinterested, and shutting out a more capable and dynamic force for growth in the private sector.

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Franchise and Retail in the Cannabis Industry

As a proven model for the distribution of products and services across a broad range of trade channels, franchising has become an essential source of economic activity in Canada and around the world. Consumers are reliant on franchised businesses to access a vast array of branded products and services, while the franchised businesses that offer them work to establish and entrench the consumer experience and quality standards associated with their offerings.

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Jul 26, 2018
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The Ontario Government Announces Indefinite Postponement of New Smoking and Vaping Legislation

Ontario’s provincial government recently announced that the coming into force of the new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA) has been postponed indefinitely to allow time for the new government to re-examine the regulation of vaping.

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Chuck Rich & Jonathan Sherman in the Financial Post: Debt Financing May Finally be on the Horizon for Cannabis Companies

Chuck Rich and Jonathan Sherman have been quoted in the Financial Post’s article titled “Canopy’s $500 Million Raise Means Debt May Finally be on the Horizon for Cannabis Companies,” published on June 22, 2018.

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Bill C-45 Passes in the Senate, Making Cannabis Legal in Canada. What Does This Mean for Employers?

By way of a 52-29 vote, the Canadian Senate has now passed the federal government’s bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada. It is now up to the federal government to set a date for formal legalization, with provincial governments receiving an eight to twelve week period to prepare for the sale of the drug within their province. The Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent within a matter of days.

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