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Matt Maurer speaks to Global News about why LP's can't offer new varieties

Matt Maurer Some of the lack of choice is rooted in a compromise made to get the recreational market up and running quickly. Legislators wanted to eliminate the b...
Sep 18, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to Marijuana Business Daily about CannTrust's cannabis license suspension by Health Canada

Matt Maurer Citing noncompliance with Canada’s federal cannabis law and regulations, embattled producer CannTrust says it has received a Notice of License S...
Sep 17, 2019

Strategies for success in the coveted cannabis retail licence application

Matt Maurer and Andrew J. Wilder Andrew Wilder and Matt Maurer of our Cannabis Law Group write about the recent lottery held in Ontario in the latest issue of Grow Opportunity Magazin...
Sep 13, 2019

Andrew Wilder quoted in InvestingNews.com on Canadian retail challenges in the cannabis industry

Andrew J. Wilder During a panel at the recent MJBizConINTL in Toronto, players in the cannabis industry discussed the current state of the retail market as more stores...
Sep 10, 2019

Andrew Wilder to speak at MJBizCon International in Toronto on September 5th

Andrew J. Wilder Andrew Wilder of our Cannabis Law Group will be speaking at MJBizCon International in Toronto on September 5th. Andrew will be speaking on a pane...
Sep 4, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to The Star about the strategies cannabis brands may have used for the lottery

Matt Maurer Of 2,078 applications in Tuesday’s provincial lottery for the chance to apply for new pot shop licences in the GTA, five winners proposed the sa...
Aug 23, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to Global News about the most recent cannabis retail lottery

Matt Maurer As promised, the names of 42 applicants across Ontario who won a lottery that may allow them to open a cannabis store were announced Wednesd...
Aug 23, 2019

Tenant Lease Considerations for Cannabis Retail Stores

Kenneth Beallor By Kenneth Beallor The Ontario Government has moved to the next phase of its plan to license cannabis retail stores within the province with the most ...
Aug 23, 2019

Second Lottery for Ontario Cannabis Retail Stores — What are the Rules and Strategies for Success?

Andrew J. Wilder and Matt Maurer By Andrew Wilder and Matt Maurer On July 3, 2019, the Ontario Government announced that it was moving to the next phase of its plan to ...
Aug 6, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to Cannabis IQ about dealing with an illicit business

Matt Maurer A cannabis mail-order business received payments in the tens of thousands of dollars from customers but then failed to fill any of the orders. They bl...
Jul 30, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to The Globe and Mail regarding the ongoing situation at CannTrust

Matt Maurer Shares of CannTrust Holdings Inc. dropped 22 per cent on Wednesday, a day after The Globe and Mail reported both CannTrust’s chairman and chief ...
Jul 25, 2019

Everything Cannabis Marketer’s Need to Know About the Law – Matt Maurer featured on the Scaling Cannabis Podcast

Matt Maurer Matt Maurer speaks to the Scaling Cannabis team on Episode 8 of the podcast. Matt shares facts around how marketers can operate the Canadian Cannabis ...
Jul 24, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to CTV News about CannTrust’s response to Health Canada regarding their unlicensed crops and how they could count as ‘illicit cannabis’

Matt Maurer The fate of CannTrust Holdings Inc. is in Health Canada’s hands after the cannabis company formally responded to the regulator’s finding t...
Jul 23, 2019

Matt Maurer to be featured on the Scaling Cannabis Podcast, dropping this week

Matt Maurer Matt Maurer will be featured on the Scaling Cannabis Podcast later on this week. Click here for a sneak peek – Matt discusses the...
Jul 22, 2019

Government of Canada Releases Certainty on the Legalization of Edibles, Topicals and Extracts

Matt Maurer In this month’s CannaInvestor Magazine, Matt Maurer discusses the legalization timeline of edibles, topicals and extracts. Click here ...
Jul 19, 2019

B.C. slow to call for infused cannabis products — Matt Maurer speaks to Marijuana Business Daily as launch date nears

Matt Maurer With fewer than 100 days to go before the launch of Canada’s hotly anticipated infused cannabis market, British Columbia’s government-run ...
Jul 15, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to The Leaf about unlicensed crops and how they could count as ‘illicit cannabis’

Matt Maurer Cannabis grown in unlicensed rooms by cannabis producer CannTrust could meet the legal definition of “illicit cannabis,” lawyers say, but&...
Jul 12, 2019

Ontario to License 50 New Cannabis Retail Stores This Fall

Matt Maurer By Matt Maurer This morning, the Ontario Government announced that it will be moving to the next phase of its plan to license cannabis retai...
Jul 9, 2019

Canada Takes First Step in Legalizing Cannabis Health Products

Matt Maurer By Matt Maurer On June 19, 2019, the Canadian government took its first step towards legalizing Cannabis Health Products. While Canadians have ...
Jun 22, 2019

Government of Canada Announces Details Pertaining to Legalization of Cannabis Edibles, Topicals and Extracts

Matt Maurer By Matt Maurer Today, after much waiting and anticipation, the Government of Canada finally released the details relating to the legalization of canna...
Jun 14, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to Global News about home grown bans since legalization

Cannabis TM One of the most contentious arguments before cannabis was legalized last year was whether provinces could ban home grows. In the end, Quebe...
Jun 11, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to The Star about how cannabis shops are doing, 2 months in

Cannabis TM “It’s hard to say how lucrative it’s been,” says Matt Maurer, vice-chair of the Cannabis Law Group at the Toronto firm Torkin...
Jun 6, 2019

Health Canada’s Drastic Overhaul Of The Licensing System

Matt Maurer In this month’s CannaInvestor Magazine, Matt Maurer discusses the impact of Health Canada’s changes to the licensing system. Click he...
Jun 4, 2019

Health Canada’s Changes to the Cannabis Licensing Process

Cannabis TM By Reena Rosenwald Health Canada recently announced changes to the cannabis licensing process, in attempts to better allocate resources and increase e...
May 14, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to the Financial Post about Health Canada's changes to the cannabis licensing process

Cannabis TM Matt Maurer, vice-chair of our Cannabis Law Group, spoke to the Financial Post about Health Canada's changes to the cannabis licensing process that we...
May 9, 2019

Matt Maurer speaks to BNN Bloomberg about Health Canada's changes to the cannabis licensing process

Cannabis TM Matt Maurer, vice-chair of our Cannabis Law Group, spoke to BNN Bloomberg about Health Canada's changes to the cannabis licensing process.Health Cana...
May 8, 2019

Our BeFour Twenty Ontario Cannabis Retail Event

Cannabis TM Our Cannabis Law Group's recent inaugural BeFour Twenty Ontario Cannabis Retail Event, geared to the launch of Ontario’s bricks and mortar retai...
May 6, 2019

Medical Cannabis and Safety Sensitive Work

Peter C. Straszynski By Peter C. Straszynski Provincial and Federal Human Rights legislation requires that an employer accommodate an employee’s medical condition to...
May 3, 2019

Matt Maurer to Speak At Tourism Toronto's "The New Cannabis Landscape" Event

Cannabis TM Cannabis Law Group Vice-Chair Matt Maurer will participate in a panel discussion at Tourism Toronto's "The New Cannabis Landscape" Event on ...
May 3, 2019

Torkin Manes’ Cannabis Law Group Successfully Assists on 25% of All Ontario Retail Cannabis License Applications

Cannabis TM The Torkin Manes Cannabis Law Group is pleased to announce that it has successfully assisted on one quarter of all of the Ontario retail cannabis lice...
Apr 30, 2019

Andrew Wilder to speak at The Business of Marijuana in Michigan Conference

Cannabis TM Andrew Wilder of our Cannabis Law Group will be speaking at the The Seminar Group’s upcoming The Business of Marijuana in Michigan conferen...
Apr 25, 2019

Matt Maurer nominated as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers

Cannabis TM Matt Maurer, vice-chair of our Cannabis Law Group, has been nominated as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers ...
Apr 24, 2019
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