The cannabis industry is rapidly changing. In Canada, the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and the legalization of recreational cannabis have presented many opportunities both for producers of cannabis and a wide range of ancillary industries.
Our team’s vast experience in this new frontier allows us to guide our clients through both the regulatory framework for legalized marijuana and its implications on the marketplace, and provide practical legal solutions for financing, accessing capital markets, IP, real estate, branding, celebrity endorsements and other related legal matters to help businesses succeed.
We have been helping clients who are entering or expanding in this market navigate a wide range of complex issues and act as corporate and securities counsel for various private and public companies in the cannabis industry, including licensed producers and late stage applicants under the ACMPR. Our lawyers have acted on various matters including licensing, financings, M&A, go-public transactions and in the capacity of underwriters’/agents’ counsel on equity and debt financings completed for cannabis companies.
In addition, our lawyers have experience assisting clients applying to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for, and to maintain, licences relating to the retail sale of recreational cannabis, including Retail Operator Licences, Retail Store Authorizations, and Cannabis Retail Manager Licences. We have also represented clients before the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) on some of the first matters to be heard under the Cannabis Licence Act and have assisted the LAT in navigating this new legislation.
Our lawyers are at the forefront of this industry, driving thought leadership though our role on cannabis marketing group with the CMA and providing media outlets and our clients with insightful information.