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Cannabis

2018

NOVEMBER 20

Some Clarity; Some Fog: Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 Ontario Regulation 468/18

The Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 was enacted in October 2018 and provides for a licensing and regulatory regime for privately-owned and operated cannabis retail stores in Ontario...

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OCTOBER 01

Bill 36 — Approach to Cannabis Retailing in Ontario

The Attorney General introduced Bill 36 on September 27, 2018. This Bill, if enacted, would make significant changes to the previous Government's approach to retailing of cannabis and its use in public areas...

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AUGUST 14

Ontario's Evolving Cannabis Retail Model

Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney announced on August 13, 2018 a new "regulated private retail model" for cannabis...

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JUNE 29

Highlights of the New Cannabis Regulations Enacted Under the Cannabis Act

On June 21, 2018, the Cannabis Act (the "Act") received Royal Assent, marking a historic milestone for Canada in that it became the first G7 nation to legalize cannabis. On June 27, 2018, Health Canada released new sets of regulations (the "Regulations"), as summarized below, that support and clarify the Act...

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MARCH 23

Plain Jane Pot Packaging

On March 19, 2018, Health Canada unveiled its proposed regulations under the Cannabis Act applicable to the packaging and labelling of recreational cannabis following a 60-day public consultation period...

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FEBRUARY 13

CSA Staff Notice 51-352 (Revised) - Issuers With U.S. Marijuana-Related Activities

With much uncertainty surrounding the rapidly growing marijuana industry following the rescission of the Obama-era Cole Memorandum, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the "CSA") reiterated a position that bodes well for Canadian issuers involved in U.S. marijuana activities: that a disclosure-based approach remains appropriate in light of the risks posed by an inconsistent legal framework...

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2017

OCTOBER 18

TMX Group and CSA Provide Guidance To Canadian-Listed Cannabis Issuers With Connections To The U.S.

On October 16, 2017, the TMX Group, which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV), issued a Staff Notice which advised that with regard to the listing requirements of the TSX and TSXV, United States (U.S.) federal law shall take precedence over state laws that have legalized cannabis medically and/or recreationally...

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OCTOBER 06

Cannabis Edibles Coming to Canada

On October 3, 2017, the Standing Committee on Health (HESA) voted for an amendment to Bill C-45 (Cannabis Act) that would allow for the availability of cannabis edibles and concentrates within 12 months of the Cannabis Act coming into force. The amendment will need to be approved by the House of Commons.

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