OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 


Driven by the 2016 Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), the anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by 2018 and the consequent accelerated awareness and demand for cannabis in Canada and globally, the cannabis market has developed into a fast-evolving and expanding sector that is predicted to exceed C$23-billion once the drug is legalized.

Blakes has vast experience supporting clients entering new and developing areas. Combined with our expertise in the agribusiness and life sciences sectors, we are well-positioned to advise producers, retailers, financiers, technology providers and others servicing both medical and recreational opportunities in the cannabis market, as well as clients in other sectors whose businesses are impacted by the legalization of cannabis. The cannabis sector is in its infancy but evolving rapidly, and we are at the forefront of developments. We monitor changes in the law and maintain close ties with regulators, enabling us to anticipate the impact these changes will have on our clients’ businesses, and provide proactive, practical and strategic advice.

Our multidisciplinary Cannabis group is composed of lawyers who are able to provide advice on financing, public offerings, M&A, regulatory, advertising, labelling and marketing, licensing and regulation, antitrust, legislative process, lobbying compliance, real estate issues, environmental concerns, channel distribution, tax, international trade, anti-money laundering, outsourcing, class actions, employment law and workplace issues, as well as information technology, and intellectual property matters related plant breeders' rights, to patents, trade-marks, copyright, industrial designs and trade secrets.

Representative Matters

Corporate Commercial/M&A

  • Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. in connection with the initial public offering of North America’s first marijuana exchange-traded fund, Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF.
  • Saratoga Electronic Solutions Inc. in connection with a reverse take-over transaction by Abba Medix Corp. where the company was transformed into a medical cannabis company and migrated from the TSX Venture Capital Exchange to the Canadian Securities Exchange.
  • A group investing in Hydropothecary Corporation, a licensed producer of medical marijuana.
Financial Services
  •  A major Canadian bank on the financing of a licensed producer of medical marijuana, including regulatory landscape, industry risks and financing considerations specific to the cannabis industry.
  • Risk mitigation and other anti-money laundering controls with respect to providing banking services to a licensed producer of medical marijuana.

Marketing & Regulatory

  • Various licensed producers of medical marijuana on regulatory matters (including security requirements, pesticides, use of online portals for medical documents, patient registration issues), marketing (including the sale of ancillary products as well as cannabis) and advertising (including use of social media).
  • Various initiatives and programs with patients or physicians, health-care compliance (including interactions with physicians and clinics), clinical trials, privacy, anti-spam, antitrust, as well as consumer complaint, recall and product liability matters.
  •  Various ancillary businesses on the sale of products in the cannabis industry, including regulatory and marketing and advertising issues.



 

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4117
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Technology, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Cannabis, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cannabis
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2585
Areas of Expertise: Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Executive Compensation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5840
Areas of Expertise: Trade-marks, Copyright, IP Licensing & Agreements, IP Litigation, Hospitality & Leisure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer Products, Anti-Counterfeiting , Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2159
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2634
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Aviation/Aerospace, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Cannabis
Chair | Calgary, Toronto
Calgary: 403-260-9610
Toronto: 416-863-2150
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Cannabis, Credit Unions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4162
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4025
Areas of Expertise: Leasing, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Cannabis
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2355
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Customs & Import Controls, Infrastructure, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Public-Private Partnerships, Cannabis
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3366
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Labour Law, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2667
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, IP Licensing & Agreements, Technology, Outsourcing, Life Sciences, Communications, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Fintech, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Cannabis, Environmental, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal & Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4306
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Customs & Import Controls, Sanctions & Export Controls, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Cannabis
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3318
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Forestry, Shareholder Activism, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Credit Unions, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4013
Areas of Expertise: Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Mining, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3089
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Lobbying, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Residential Mortgage Business, Government & Public Sector, Cannabis, Defence
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4005
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Plan Nord, Equity Capital Markets, United States, Shareholder Activism, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3047
Areas of Expertise: Product Liability, Class Actions, Drugs & Medical Devices, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Procurement, Cannabis, Aboriginal
Associate | New York
New York: 212-893-8141
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Investment Products & Asset Management, Cannabis
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9792
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Energy Litigation, Cannabis
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2191
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Energy, Corporate Governance, Cannabis
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9707
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Cannabis
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