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The Law Firm at the Forefront of the Cannabis Industry - Jonathan Sherman Interviewed by Lift & Co.

Partner Jonathan Sherman was interviewed by Lift & Co. for a piece titled "Meet Cassels Brock, The Law Firm at the Forefront of the Cannabis Industry."

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Colorado’s Cannabis Industry Open to Publicly-Traded Companies and Investors

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 1090 (the “Bill”) on Wednesday May 29, 2019, which opened up Colorado’s cannabis industry to outside investors for the first time.

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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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Advertising & Marketing Cannabis in Canada

The Federal Cannabis Act (the “Act”) establishes restrictions and exceptions for those looking to advertise and market Cannabis in Canada.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Cannabis in Canada: The State of the Law Today

UPDATE: As of April 13, 2018, every province and territory in Canada had tabled legislation outlining their plans for regulating cannabis. Our primer has been updated to include proposed legislation details from across the country.

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California Adopts Emergency Cannabis Regulations for Licensing Beginning on January 1, 2018 (by Dorsey & Whitney LLP)

California has one of the largest consumer and business markets in the world, with a population larger than all of Canada. As a result, regulatory developments in the state should be of interest to all cannabis producers and investors across North America.

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Strategies for Issuers with Cannabis-Related Activities in the U.S.

On August 17, 2017, the TMX Group issued a statement announcing that it has engaged with the Canadian Securities Administrators regarding the clearing of securities of issuers with cannabis-related activities (including assets and operations) in the U.S. Although the TMX Group’s general position on companies engaging in such activities has been a source of speculation and uncertainty for some time, the announcement highlighted specific uncertainty about whether the TMX Group, which is the parent company of The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited ("CDS"), might make the securities of issuers with cannabis-related activities in the U.S. ineligible for clearing and settlement through CDSX. Although no such action has been taken or articulated, such action could materially impede the ability to trade in the securities of issuers with cannabis-related activities in the U.S. and thus have a chilling effect on the listing and financing of such issuers.

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LCBO to Control Retail and Online Cannabis Sales in Ontario

Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced Ontario’s planned approach to the federal legalization of cannabis as proposed by Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, this morning. Bill C-45 left significant discretion to the provinces for determining the appropriate distribution, sale and retailing of cannabis.

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