Last week the City of Toronto squared off in court against a chain of illegal cannabis dispensaries operating within the City in a proceeding designed to shut the dispensaries down once and for all. Raids against the dispensaries thus far have only had limited success, so the City sharpened another weapon in its legal arsenal, the injunction, and moved in for the kill. In … [Read more...] about Toronto v. The Canna Clinics: A Legal Primer
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities ("FCM") has released the first of two reference documents developed by FCM to help municipalities across the country address the legalization of cannabis at the local level. FCM is the national voice of municipal governments across Canada and represents more than 90% of Canada's municipal population. Its members include large … [Read more...] about FCM Helps Canadian Municipalities with Cannabis Legalization
A staff report that will go before the government of the Halifax Regional Municipality on Tuesday urges the municipal government to take a proactive approach and begin developing policies and regulations permitting retail cannabis dispensaries within the municipality once the adult-use market is legalized at the federal level. The report sets out three courses of action for … [Read more...] about Staff Report Urges Halifax Government to Prepare Legal Framework For Retail Cannabis Dispensaries
Edmonton City Council voted 10 - 0 (with three Councillors absent) to amend an existing zoning bylaw to make provision for future storefront cannabis retail establishments, as well for cannabis lounges within the City of Edmonton. The bylaw, as amended, now includes the following under the heading "Commercial Uses" Cannabis Production and Distribution means development … [Read more...] about Storefront Cannabis Retail Coming to Edmonton?
At the end of April, Matt Maurer brought you a coast-to-coast provincial cannabis legislation update. This was just after the Cannabis Act was tabled, and lots has changed since then. Many provinces and their municipalities are working on getting feedback from residents and are beginning to amend their by-laws. As a result, we thought it was about time to bring you another … [Read more...] about Provincial Cannabis Legislation Update – June 2017