We’ve been involved in major cannabis industry developments in the country since 2013, many of which have been the first of their kind.
We advise on all commercial aspects including mainly navigating government relations, tax matters, regulatory compliance, marketing and import/export rules, we also support the acquisition and development of production and distribution facilities and networks, consolidation of producers and distributors via M&A, negotiating commercial real estate leases, and the public and private financing required to fund all of these activities, and finally securing patents and other intellectual property in order to protect unique investments in this area. Our regulatory expertise is recognized as among the best in Canada.
As more individuals use cannabis products to treat health issues (and, under the legalization proposals, eventually for recreational purposes), employers must develop relevant policies, communicating with workforces and insurance providers and other stakeholders to align reality with business objectives.
We support employers in addressing the impact of increased cannabis use on their workforce, including: risk assessment, policy development and implementation, training of managers and supervisors, and management of employer-sponsored benefit plans.
Our commercial clients range from start-up cannabis production and distribution companies to Canada’s largest investment dealers involved in capital raising for this burgeoning industry. We also work with researchers, medical device companies and service providers including hospitals, academic institutions and industry associations.
Your team at Fasken includes lawyers who have advised on mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, real estate transactions. intellectual property matters, employment, health and safety issues, partnerships with Health Canada and the first medical cannabis delivery service outside Canada Post, and employment, labour and human rights law issues arising from cannabis use. We are committed to leadership in this area, offering client seminars, writing legal analysis and speaking to media about the practical implications of the latest regulations.
Read our publications, browse some of our recent work we’ve assisted with or contact any of our lawyers to learn more.
- The Countdown is On: Health Canada Releases First Look at Product Packaging, Labeling Requirements and Other Public Feedback Regarding the Regulation of Cannabis (March 21, 2018)
- United States Rescinds Obama-Era Cannabis Guidance: Where Does This Leave Canadian Businesses? (January 8, 2018)
- Canada’s Cannabis Taxation Regime (November 27, 2018)