skip to main content

Matt Maurer speaks to the Ottawa Citizen about a First Nation dispensary eligible for provincial cannabis retailer license

“(Politicians) basically said if you don’t shut down your store before Oct. 17 (2018) you will never get a licence,” says Matt Maurer, a Toronto lawyer specializing in cannabis policy. “But if you do, anything’s possible.”

The AGCO has latitude to deny licences based on a “good character” clause, he says. “If they feel you are not of good character, or honest or trustworthy to run a store, they can deny a licence.”

He expected the government would have directed the AGCO to deny licences to illegal shop owners who ignored the government’s warning to close.

“You could use the lack of good character (clause), essentially telling them, ‘We told you that this was unacceptable. You decided not to listen to the provincial government. Therefore why should we give you a licence when you may not listen to the provincial government again in the future?

“That’s how I expected it would play out.”

This article was originally published on the Ottawa Citizen. Visit the the Ottawa Citizen website to read the complete article.


Most Recent Posts

Matt Maurer speaks to Marijuana Business Daily about NYSE delisting CannTrust

Matt Maurer of Torkin Manes' Cannabis Law Group, speaks to Marijuana Business Daily about NYSE delisting CannTrust.
Apr 1, 2020

Sahil Razdan speaks at Cannabis + Tech | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink

Sahil Razdan, an associate in our Corporate Law Group, spoke with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis for Cannabis + Tech | Retail Tech presented by...
Mar 31, 2020

Health Canada Makes Numerous Cannabis Operational Adjustments to Deal with COVID-19

Federally licensed cannabis producers received guidance from Health Canada this week regarding new regulatory measures that will be taken as a result ...
Mar 27, 2020