Cannabis Legalization in Canada - What You Need to Know

Cannabis Legalization Canada: OD10162

On Demand Webinar

Presented by: A panel of experts from Lex Mundi’s Canadian member firms

Registration Fee: Lex Mundi members / Non-members - No Charge.

Course Description:

In light of Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018, experts from the Lex Mundi member firms in Canada are delighted to present a complimentary live overview of the regime regulating the cultivation, distribution and sale of recreational cannabis and the different approaches taken by various Canadian provinces. The webinar will include a commercial emphasis on what both Canadian and foreign participants looking to invest in the burgeoning industry need to know.

The program will start with a short introduction to the federal regime (including the key provisions of the Cannabis Act), followed by an in-depth comparison of how each of the following regions are implementing the new legislation:

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Manitoba
  • Atlantic Canada

Experts from each of Lex Mundi’s Canadian member firms (Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, McInnes Cooper and Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP) will share their insights and be available for a brief question and answer session at the end of the webinar.

This webinar explores:

  • Overview of federal regime regarding cultivation, distribution and sale of recreational cannabis
  • Trends and differences between provincial laws
  • Commercial takeaways for industry participants in Canada and abroad


Tricia Kuhl, Moderator, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Tricia Kuhl's practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and regulatory matters. She advises clients in the pharmaceutical, cannabis, technology, cosmetics and renewable energy industries in connection with the purchase and sale of businesses and in relation to the licensing, protection, commercialization and transfer of technology, products or other assets.

She also regularly advises on commercial and regulatory issues related to Canada’s cannabis regime. In this regard, she has advised licensed producers and applicants in their corporate and commercial transactions and licensing matters. She has also assisted companies in their supply, distribution and marketing activities as well as in private placements.

Chris Nyberg, Panelist, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Chris regularly advises on regulatory, commercial and financing issues affecting the Canadian cannabis and hemp industries in relation to the Cannabis Act, the Cannabis Regulations and the Industrial Hemp Regulations, in addition to the various provincial and territorial adult-use regimes. He was seconded to the legal department of one of Canada's leading licensed producers where he advised on a wide variety of matters related to the space.

Al Hudec, Panelist, Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP

Al Hudec is a senior corporate/commercial lawyer practicing in Vancouver. He works regularly on legal issues relating to the British Columbia wine and liquor industries, including purchase and sale transactions, distribution and other industry agreements, and regulatory and trade issues.

Jeff Hoyt, Panelist, McInnes Cooper

Jeff is a partner with McInnes Cooper and also the practice group leader for the firm’s corporate transactions group. Residing in Saint John, New Brunswick, his practice focuses on commercial transactions, secured lending and securities law in a variety of industries, including the Canadian cannabis industry.

In this context, Jeff has gained extensive experience acting for industry participants, including licensed cannabis producers and investors in the industry. Jeff is frequently called upon to advise on the regulatory aspects of cannabis production, including the license application, license acquisition and license review in the context of due diligence in purchase and sale transactions. Applying trusted knowledge, Jeff also advises on corporate structuring and general corporate matters for these clients.

Leilani Kagan, Panelist, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

Leilani’s practice is focused on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, with a primary focus on owner-manager taxation issues, corporate reorganizations, estate planning, trusts and commodity tax issues. Leilani’s practice includes assisting licensed producers and retailers in the cannabis industry in connection with corporate structure, taxation and cross-border financing and capitalization.

Registration and fees:

No Charge - Members/Non-Members - FREE

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