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

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

Praise for Cannabis Law

"essential and required reading, whether for the casual follower or sophisticated aficionado alike"

The Honourable Mr. Justice Rick Libman, Ph.D., Ontario Court of Justice



  • Diane Labelle, General Counsel, Department of Justice Canada (Chapter 6: Provincial and Territorial Regulation)
  • Rick Moscone and Eugene Derenyi (Fogler, Rubinoff LLP), 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.

Summary Table of Contents

Cannabis-Related Websites

Part I:   Federal Regulation

  • The Cannabis Act: History and Overview
  • The Federal Regulatory Framework
  • Search and Seizure
  • The Detention, Disposition, and Forfeiture of Seized Property
  • Cannabis Edibles

Part II:   Regulation by other Governments

  • Provincial and Territorial Regulation
  • Municipal Regulation
  • Regulation by Indigenous Peoples

Part III:   Criminal and Regulatory Offences

  • Possession
  • Distribution and Selling
  • Importing/Exporting
  • Production
  • Cannabis-Impaired Driving
  • Using a Young Person
  • Promotion, Packaging and Labeling
  • Evidence and Procedure

Part IV:   Penalties

  • Ticketing
  • Administrative Penalties and Compliance Agreements
  • Sentencing and Criminal Records

Part V:   Medical and Workplace Issues

  • Medical Cannabis
  • Workplace and Human Rights-Related Issues

Part VI:   The Cannabis Business

  • Commercial Law Issues
About the Author

Bruce A. MacFarlane, Q.C., is a member of the Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta Bars. He spent his early years as a federal prosecutor in all three provinces, appearing in all levels of courts, and rose to become Assistant Deputy Attorney General with responsibility for all federal prosecutions in Canada. In 1993, he was appointed Deputy Attorney General for Manitoba – a position he held for 12 years. Mr. MacFarlane left government in 2005, and was appointed to teach criminal law at the University of Manitoba. From 2008 to 2012, he was appointed by the United Nations as Amicus Curiae to assume conduct of several sensitive cases in an international criminal court in Europe. At present, Mr. MacFarlane provides advice to governments, law societies, and private clients on a variety of criminal law issues. Throughout his career, he has published numerous scholarly writings on criminal law and evidentiary topics, which have been cited by courts across Canada and by the highest courts in the U.K. and Australia. He is a co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

Robert J. Frater, Q.C., is Chief General Counsel with the federal Department of Justice. He is a member of the Ontario Bar and is a past member of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut bars. Mr. Frater has argued numerous high-profile cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, and has also appeared in appellate courts in several provinces and territories. He has lectured and written on a wide variety of topics, including criminal law, constitutional law, and advocacy, and taught a Masters of Law course on prosecutorial ethics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition and author of Prosecutorial Misconduct, Second Edition, both published by Thomson Reuters.

Croft Michaelson, Q.C., is Senior General Counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and a member of the Ontario Bar. A federal prosecutor since 1989, Mr. Michaelson has prosecuted numerous high-profile cases involving drug and terrorism offences at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He frequently lectures on criminal law, drug and terrorism prosecutions, and advocacy. He is also a co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition, published by Thomson Reuters.