Cannabis Law

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Cannabis Law

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Cannabis Law

By: Bruce A. MacFarlane, Q.C., Robert J. Frater, Q.C., Croft Michaelson, Q.C.

Read the Globe and Mail article: Opportunities for law firms 'virtually limitless' with cannabis legalization (October 16, 2018)

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  • Diane Labelle, General Counsel, Department of Justice Canada (Chapter 6: Provincial and Territorial Regulation)
  • Rick Moscone and Eugene Derenyi, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP (Chapter 22: Commercial Law Issues), and Douglas A. Cowgill (Chapter 22: Commercial Law Issues)

This timely and unique resource is a practical guide to all aspects of the new Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) and regulations, and the complementary provincial laws and regulations.

Cannabis Law covers a wide variety of legal issues, including criminal law, commercial law, and workplace and human rights-related issues. It will be essential reading not only for lawyers, but for those who want to participate in this new industry, as well as educators.

Topics discussed include federal and provincial/territorial regulatory schemes; municipal and Indigenous regulation; offences and punishment, including cannabis-impaired driving; medical cannabis; and the business of cannabis.

Cannabis in the Workplace

By: John R. Gilmore

Legalization of cannabis will have a large impact on workplaces in ways that alcohol has not. Employers face various cannabis-related issues with respect to health and safety, privacy, accommodation, and even criminal matters. This book will provide needed guidance and straightforward analysis, and it will identify areas of possible concern for employers.

Législation sur le cannabis

Lois et règlements

Les nouvelles dispositions fédérale et provinciale décriminalisant le cannabis auront des impacts dans bien des sphères de notre société. Des avocats aux employeurs, en passant par les policiers et les divers intervenants sociaux, tous devront connaitre cette nouvelle législation pour l’appliquer justement. Ce volume regroupe tous les textes pertinents, en français et en anglais, ainsi qu’un index analytique détaillé pour repérer rapidement l’information recherchée.

Cannabis Law: The Legislative Framework - 2019 Edition

By: Bruce A. MacFarlane, Q.C., Robert J. Frater, Q.C., Croft Michaelson, Q.C.

Cannabis Law: The Legislative Framework – 2019 Edition is a handy, portable companion volume to Cannabis Law with all the significant cannabis-related statutes and regulations from across Canada. This volume provides an extensive and useful guide to the national legal framework regulating cannabis. This book will be a particularly valuable resource in understanding the complex world of cannabis law. It is a very useful companion to the main text on a wide variety of subjects.