Cannabis

Partnering with clients driving the transformation of the medical, recreational and related sectors, we leverage our deep knowledge of the industry and regulatory environment with our extensive experience advising innovators in emerging markets in order to provide an insightful and practical approach.
 

We understand your ecosystem

The federal legalization, regulation and restriction of access to controlled recreational cannabis, and complementary provincial regulation on distribution, sale and consumption have created important safety/quality parameters, rapid commercial growth, corresponding investment, intense competition, and new regulatory structures and challenges. Our core cannabis practice team members are seasoned advisors in rapidly expanding and disruptive environments; we are supported by a multi-disciplinary team to provide holistic legal service and risk management to foundational stakeholders. Our team is built to deliver in defining moments and when the stakes are high: strategic and private equity M&A transactions, critical negotiations and regulatory approvals, complex joint ventures, key capital markets transactions, significant litigation, ensuring intellectual property protection, developing robust corporate governance and employment practices, and others.

Our national cannabis team understands the importance of moving quickly but judiciously, and our practical approach is driven by our focus on client’s key risks and priorities over the long-term. We partner with our clients to deliver decisive and strategic solutions across the country.

Connected to key players

Our cannabis clients consult us for our legal perspective as well as for our knowledge of and connections with government, regulators, lobbyists, major producers, innovators, financial institutions, and investment professionals. Our strategic advisors bring unparalleled knowledge of these fields to bear, and help our clients identify who, in addition to what, they need to know.

McCarthy Tétrault is a founding member and legal counsel to the Global Cannabis Partnership, helping to create a worldwide social responsibility standard for the safe and responsible production, distribution and consumption of legal recreational cannabis. The standard will also include reference to the environment, community relations, traceability and accountability, stakeholder engagement, ethics, labour relations, research and collaboration. It will include third-party accreditation.

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McCarthy Tétrault selected as a founding member of the Global Cannabis Partnership

McCarthy Tétrault has been selected as a founding member of the Global Cannabis Partnership. As their only legal partner, we will provide legal guidance as they strives to harmonize best-in-industry standards with evolving local, national and international cannabis laws.

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