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Cannabis Law

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The cannabis industry in Canada is in a rapid phase of growth and is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. With often complex and difficult issues arising from an industry that is constantly changing and evolving, it is important that businesses in this sector have a legal team that understands the complexities of the cannabis marketplace and can provide sound and strategic legal advice.

At Torkin Manes, we advise early stage and mature companies regarding organization, raising capital, licensing, M&A, listing on a recognized stock exchange (by way of IPO, CPC transaction or reverse takeover) and the ongoing requirements of being a public company in this sector. We focus on clients in the mid-market who expect first class service and advice in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Torkin Manes has a team of multidisciplinary lawyers with knowledge and expertise in corporate finance, M&A, information technology, corporate governance, tax, corporate structuring, property leasing and real estate, employment & labour, fintech, litigation and regulatory matters. Our combined experience enables us to provide the necessary legal advice on a timely basis to ensure that our clients are well serviced and in a position to maximize their opportunities, especially in this ever changing cannabis landscape.

Publications & Presentations


26 Cannabis Companies Sign Supply Agreements With Province of Ontario Matt Maurer reviews the announcement by the Ontario Cannabis Store that it has entered into supply agreements with 26 federally licensed producers aft...
Aug 21, 2018

Mandatory staff positions, security clearances under the Cannabis Act

Grow Opportunity Magazine On July 11, 2018, the Cannabis Regulations to support the coming into force of the federal Cannabis Act were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
Aug 17, 2018

Packaging Prohibitions: A Closer Look at Some Interesting Quirks of the Packaging Regulations Under the Cannabis Act

Everyone knew that the marketing and promotion restrictions on packaging for licensed producers in the recreational market were going to be onerous. T...
Jul 26, 2018
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Legal Alert: Release of the Cannabis Regulations

Four new sets of regulations to the newly assented Cannabis Act were released on June 27, 2018, including the Cannabis Regulations, Industrial Hemp Re...
Jul 26, 2018

News & Media

In the News

Matt Maurer quoted in Canadian Lawyer on how marijuana dispensaries face uncertain enforcement landscape post-legalization

Canadian Lawyer “I think when the law changes it is going to create some uniformity in how enforcement takes place,” says Matt Maurer.
Sep 21, 2018
In the News

Matt Maurer speaks to Canadian Lawyer on the option for municipalities to opt out of Ontario’s retail cannabis plan

Canadian Lawyer Magazine Ontario is allowing some municipalities to opt out of the province’s cannabis retail plan.
Aug 31, 2018
In the News

Marijuana Business Daily speaks to Matt Maurer about Constellation's investment in cannabis giant Canopy

Marijuana Business Daily “As the big players get bigger, other players will look to keep pace" said Matt Maurer of Toronto-based Torkin Manes’ cannabis law group.
Aug 16, 2018
In the News

Matt Maurer takes a closer look at some interesting quirks of the cannabis packaging regulations in CannaInvestor magazine

CannaInvestor Matt Maurer talks about a few interesting wrinkles that creative companies may be able to utilize to help promote their products.
Aug 7, 2018


Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace - Peter Straszynski – Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Peter Straszynski explains the workplace challenges of accommodating the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes, and recommends a number of steps...
Sep 22, 2016