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This can’t miss opportunity for comprehensive, practical education on cannabis law and regulation in Canada. Taught by an outstanding faculty, this program is ideal for those experienced in cannabis law and for those who are ready to get started.

Current challenges and existing strategies are benchmarked as well as critical areas for innovation. The curriculum is wide-ranging, relevant, and addresses everything from the foundations of cannabis law and regulation in Canada, to the most topical issues affecting clients in all aspects of the cannabis industry.

In this five-day, intensive certificate you will:

  • Examine cannabis law in Canada, including the impact of legalization and international drug treaties
  • Assess the global context: an overview of international law and norms
  • Explore and analyze the cannabis business, including:
    • Lending and debt finance and registration of security interests
    • Licenses/transfer of licences/enforcement of loans
    • Merger and acquisitions in the cannabis context
    • Investment/banking issues
  • Understand the general commercial agreements that are used in the cannabis context
  • Discuss key operational issues/challenges facing the cannabis industry
  • Learn about the classes of cannabis under Schedule 4 of the Cannabis Act – including edibles, extracts and topicals
  • Explore the regulatory framework as it applies to medical cannabis
  • Recognize the challenges and opportunities in retail and franchising
  • Understand the requirements for physical site security
  • Analyse the legal framework in relation to packaging/labelling/marketing and promotion of cannabis and cannabis products
  • Learn about intellectual property in the cannabis context
  • Learn about cannabis and the workplace
    • Common occupational health and safety issues/hazards in the cannabis industry
    • Security clearances under the Cannabis Act and Regulations
    • Immigration issues
  • Identify key legal real estate issues
  • Evaluate social justice issues and cannabis-related advocacy
  • Learn how best to manage your cannabis licence and ensure regulatory compliance
  • Learn about quality systems – GPP and GMP
  • Explore taxation of the cannabis industry
    • Excise duty and stamps
    • Cost recovery levy on gross earnings by licensed producers (LPs)
    • Exempt classes of licenses
  • Analyze and understand legal issues in insolvency in the Cannabis Industry
    • Cross border insolvency issues
  • Discuss the life of the plant: from cloning to sale
    • Growth cycles
    • Problems experienced by growers – e.g. recall issues
    • Product Liability
    • Indemnity clauses
    • Insurance requirements


Program Directors

  • Trina Fraser, Brazeau Seller LLP
  • Jonathan Sherman, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Advisory Board

  • Sherri M. Altshuler, Aird & Berlis LLP
  • Ruth Chun, Chun Law Professional Corporation
  • Eric Foster, Dentons
  • Matt Maurer, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Peter Simeon, Gowling WLG
  • Alice Tseng, Smart & Biggar LLP



Fees include attendance and program materials.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University’s and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations, Rainchecks and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
David Thomas at DThomas@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

January 13, 20, 27 & February 3, 10,  2021
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST


Online - Live, webcast

Fee per Delegate

$2,995 + HST

Newly Licensed Rate (2017-Present): $1,497.50 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers in private practice
  • In-house counsel in the cannabis industry
  • Cannabis industry senior executives
  • Cannabis industry senior managers/managers, particularly those involved in compliance and risk
  • Regulators at the federal and provincial level who regulate the production, sale and/or distribution of cannabis and cannabis products across Canada

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