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Matt Maurer

Tel: 416 777 5452 Fax: 1 888 463 8130

Matt is a Partner and the Vice-Chair of Torkin Manes LLP's Cannabis Law Group. He is also an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer in the Litigation Group with over a decade of experience advocating on behalf of his business clients.

Matt provides business and regulatory advice to a wide range of cannabis industry stakeholders, including licensed producers, producer applicants, owners of businesses that provide ancillary services to the cannabis industry, entrepreneurs with start-up aspirations and foreign businesses who are looking to enter the Canadian market or enter into partnerships with established Canadian cannabis businesses.

Matt has developed considerable knowledge and expertise under the Cannabis Act and its predecessor legislation, including the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. Matt prides himself on staying abreast of developing cannabis-related legislation at the federal, provincial and municipal levels across the entire country which allows him to service clients throughout Canada and internationally.

He is frequently sought out by clients to assist in developing promotional strategies and navigating the complexities surrounding the promotional provisions of the Cannabis Act.  Matt has acted for a number of American and international celebrities in advising them in their relationships with Canadian cannabis companies.

Matt has helped clients obtain retail sales licenses across the entire country, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland.  

Within his litigation practice, Matt acts for his business clients on a wide range of commercial disputes. He has had numerous successful attendances before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and regularly litigates his clients’ cases in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on trials, applications and motions. Matt has also successfully appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

Matt is a regular contributor to print and online media publications on issues pertaining to legal developments within the cannabis industry as well as corporate litigation. Matt is frequently sought out by Canadian media outlets to comment on issues pertaining to the cannabis industry and regularly speaks at industry conferences across the continent. Matt is also an editor of the Torkin Manes Cannabis Law Group blog.

Awards & Recognition

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Education

  • LLB., Queen’s University, 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Philosophy), University of Toronto, 2003

Credentials

  • Called to the Ontario Bar 2007

Publications & Presentations

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

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

Torkin Manes LegalPoint On July 3, 2019, the Ontario Government announced that it was moving to the next phase of its plan to license cannabis retail stores within ...
Aug 6, 2019
Presentation

Emerging Canadian Cannabis, and what the legal framework looks like in Canada

The Business of Marijuana in Southern California Conference
Mar 28, 2019

News & Media

In the News

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

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
In the News

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’

CTV News The fate of CannTrust Holdings Inc. is in Health Canada’s hands after the cannabis company formally responded to the regulator’s finding that it was g...
Jul 23, 2019
In the News

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

Marijuana Business Daily 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
In the News

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

The Leaf Cannabis News Cannabis grown in unlicensed rooms by cannabis producer CannTrust could meet the legal definition of “illicit cannabis,” lawyers say, but&...
Jul 11, 2019

Events

Matt Maurer to speak at UCann2019 Conference in Toronto

Matt Maurer of our Cannabis Law Group will be speaking at the upcoming UCann2019 Conference, being held in Toronto on May 2nd from 8:00am - 6:00pm. Th...
May 2, 2019: 00:00

Matt Maurer to speak at the Global Meetings Industry Day in Toronto

Matt Maurer of our Cannabis Law Group will be speaking at the Global Meetings Industry Day on April 4th in Toronto. Global Meetings Industry Day ...
Apr 4, 2019

Matt Maurer to speak at The Business of Marijuana in Southern California Conference

Matt Maurer of our Cannabis Law Group will be speaking at the The Seminar Group’s upcoming The Business of Marijuana in Southern California conf...
Mar 28, 2019

Matt Maurer to speak at the OBA's Litigating in a New Era program

Join Matt Maurer, vice-chair of our Cannabis Law Group, for his panel discussion on Litigating in the Legalized Cannabis Era at the Ontario Bar Associ...
Feb 5, 2019: 00:00