In recent years, the medical cannabis industry has been governed using authorized producers licensed by Health Canada. With the federal government’s intention to legalize recreational marijuana in July 2018, the existing industry is modernizing and new players are preparing to conquer the market.

The key to delivering an industrial project on time and on budget is to identify issues and challenges at the outset. Our team can assist you in a number of areas, including:

  • Compliance with the existing general rules on product packaging and labelling as well as specific rules that may come into force on medical and recreational cannabis and derivative products;
  • Providing a detailed, thorough knowledge of the current regulations on medical cannabis. We are also actively and diligently monitoring the creation and evolution of the legislative and regulatory bodies governing cannabis that are emerging in each Canadian province;
  • Support during every step in the process, starting with the acquisition of property to drafting and negotiating the offer to purchase, the deed of sale and due diligence. Our team can also help you negotiate and draft a commercial lease, and with any other real estate need you may have;
  • The environmental impact, for example, the choice of heating devices, air filters, water circulation and treatment systems may affect the type of authorization required and delay implementation of your project. Furthermore, note that several regulations under Quebec’s Environment Quality Act are currently being reviewed by the government and should be available for consultation before the end of 2017;
  • Advice to public companies on regulatory obligations related to securities and governance. Langlois’ lawyers acted for several private companies in connection with their equity and debt financing by private placement;
  • Strategic planning, relations with local and regional authorities, governmental relations and corporate governance.

Our specialized cannabis team is composed of lawyers with expertise in business law, labour and employment law and information technology law. They have the experience and flexibility needed to advise you on a multitude of issues, including licences, financing, the legislative process, compliance with lobbying rules, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, labelling and marketing, distribution systems, antitrust, environmental concerns, fraud and cyber risk prevention, class actions, labour law and the workplace, information technology, regulation and intellectual property, to name but a few.

Our group can provide guidance on the legal repercussions of legalized cannabis on an organization’s human resource management. In most cases, employees on total temporary disability leave will be the ones consuming marijuana. Some of them, however, particularly those returning to work on a progressive basis, may continue to consume the substance, perhaps even during working hours. Moreover, recreational cannabis will also definitely have an effect on human resources management. In light of this momentous pending legislative change, the Langlois’ lawyers Labour Law team has spared no time in readying itself so that it can provide you with advice and counsel on how to set up comprehensive mechanisms for ensuring the health and safety of employees in the workplace and facilitating human resource management after the proposed legislation has been adopted.

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