Cannabis Legalization and Regulation in U.S and Canada: What the Future Holds
The previous years have seen the developing landscape of the cannabis industry in Canada and in the U.S. With the increasing number of states legalizing its recreational and medicinal purposes, emergence of new kinds of cannabis business opportunities in both countries is expected. At the same time, however, cannabis prohibition is not over. The regulatory risk for pot business is higher compared to any other industry. Concerns involving licenses and compliance with state and federal labor laws, are always a possibility.
As Cannabis legal and regulatory environments in the U.S. and Canada continue to shift, the potential pitfalls are also anticipated to emerge and change. Therefore, cannabis companies and their counsel should keep themselves abreast of the recent developments and updates to ensure compliance and mitigate risks.
In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide and present an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in cannabis legalization and regulation in Canada and the U.S. Speakers will also present all important issues surrounding this significant topic.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Cannabis Legalization and Regulation in the U.S. and Canada
- Recent Enforcement Trends and Developments
- Emerging Legal and Regulatory Issues
- Challenges and Opportunities
- Best Compliance Strategies and Practices
- What Lies Ahead
Cindy Yi, Associate
Loopstra Nixon LLP
- Overview of Canada-wide cannabis legislation
- Overview of Ontario and other province/territory-specific cannabis laws (i.e. what is being left up to provinces and territories to govern)
- Rules surrounding promotion and advertising of cannabis
- What remains illegal/prohibited
John W. Fraser, Associate
Grewal Law PLLC
- Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Business Licensing Update
- Recreational Marijuana in Michigan
- Interplay Between State and Local Control
- What Remains Illegal/Prohibited & Whether Smell of Marijuana Alone Remains Sufficient Probable Cause to Arrest
Karl P. Frederic, Partner
- Politics and policy considerations surrounding legalization of recreational cannabis particularly in New York and New Jersey
- Expansion of the medical program in New York and New Jersey with a particular emphasis on New Jersey
- The legalization of industrial hemp in the US under the 2018 Farm Bill
- FDA regulation of CBD
Cindy is a business lawyer with a focus on Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Banking. Her practice includes all aspects involving the purchase, sale, and financing of commercial, multi-unit residential, and industrial property, as well as real property development, both landlord and tenant commercial leasing, and general corporate and commercial law matters, such as asset and share acquisitions and dispositions. Recently, Cindy’s practice has involved representing and advising condominium corporations, developers and tenants in real estate matters relating to cannabis law.
She also has experience in the areas of municipal, land use planning and development law, in which she represented and advised both public and private sector clients on numerous planning and municipal matters including appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board) relating to issues such as official plans, rezoning, severances, subdivisions, minor variances and ward boundary reviews. Cindy has appeared before the LPAT/OMB, the Ontario Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, committees of adjustment, and municipal councils.
Cindy is a business lawyer with a focus on Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Banking. Her practice includes all aspects …
John Fraser is an Associate Attorney at Grewal Law PLLC. His practice focuses on marijuana law, sexual abuse litigation, criminal defense, and appellate law. John serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Marijuana Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and as an adjunct professor of law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he teaches Marijuana Law. John graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, summa cum laude, with a 4.0 GPA, ranked first in his class.
John’s practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs seeking to operate marijuana-related businesses. John is an experienced advocate for medical marijuana patients. His knowledge of Michigan’s marijuana laws and courtroom skills have allowed him to influence the interpretation of Michigan law and secure favorable results for his clients. John is regularly invited to present on marijuana law topics to attorneys and the community.
John Fraser is an Associate Attorney at Grewal Law PLLC. His practice focuses on marijuana law, sexual abuse litigation, criminal …
Karl Frederic conducts a multi-disciplinary practice focusing on real estate development, leasing, construction and related workout and litigation matters. In his national practice, he has handled transactions across the full spectrum of real estate assets, ranging from retail centers and corporate headquarters to the MetLife Stadium. He has a particular focus on and demonstrated experience in real estate matters involving the pharmaceutical, healthcare and bio-tech industries. He has provided services to global technology firms, pharmaceutical conglomerates, educational institutions and healthcare companies. Mr. Frederic has been at the forefront of the legalization effort in New Jersey, and is now bringing his extensive real estate and business experience in pharmaceutical and biotech to the cannabis industry.
Karl Frederic conducts a multi-disciplinary practice focusing on real estate development, leasing, construction and related workout and litigation matters. In …
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About Loopstra Nixon LLP
Loopstra Nixon LLP is a full-service Canadian business and public law firm dedicated to serving clients in business and finance, litigation and dispute resolution, municipal, land use planning and development, and commercial real estate. Loopstra Nixon was founded in 1973 and has grown to become Ontario’s premier mid-sized business and public law firm. We have built a reputation for delivering quality legal advice to corporate and government clients. Our head office is in northwest Toronto with satellite offices in Downtown Toronto, Vaughan, Buffalo and New York City. The firm currently has a team of 46 lawyers.
About Grewal Law PLLC
Grewal Law PLLC is a Michigan-based law firm with a national footprint. Grewal Law is a general practice firm that fights for what’s right. Grewal Law is equipped to serve clients nationwide on a variety of matters, including matters that have garnered national media attention. Recently, the firm represented 111 of the survivors of sexual abuse by former Michigan State University and Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, securing an historic $500 Million settlement.
As a general practice firm, Grewal Law is equipped to handle any legal matter that a client may have. We have a team of attorneys with expertise in a wide variety of areas with 3 different office locations to serve our clients. Grewal Law attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields because of their expertise and results.
About Windels Marx
Windels Marx is a full service law firm headquartered in New York City, with offices in New Brunswick and Madison, New Jersey, and Stamford, Connecticut. The Firm has approximately 135 attorneys and provides services in more than 20 practice areas, the largest of which by volume of business are financial transactions, real estate, litigation, and bankruptcy. The Firm serves a myriad of domestic and foreign clients, including banks and finance companies, insurance companies, manufacturers, non-profit entities, and government sponsored enterprises. Industry benchmarking surveys frequently cite Windels Marx and its lawyers, including (but not limited to): The Real Deal "6th largest real estate law firm in New York"; The New York Law Journal's "NYLJ 100: Largest Private Law Offices"; Best Lawyers; Best Law Firms; Forbes Legal Black Book; NJBiz's "Top Law Firms in New Jersey"; New Jersey Law Journal's annual ranking of NJ law firms; and SuperLawyers, among many others.