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Aird & Berlis provides a full range of legal services to participants in the cannabis industry. We are proud to be recognized as a leader in the cannabis sector by Chambers Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert

Aird & Berlis is actively working with clients engaged in the medicinal and recreational markets in Canada and abroad. We have substantial experience serving producers, distributors, healthcare organizations and other innovative cannabis industry participants. Whether you are in the research and development stages of business or focused on growth and expansion, we can address all of your legal needs. 

The cannabis sector is governed by a maze of complex and evolving regulations. In the face of this, our team of experienced lawyers and patent agents provides a solid platform to position our clients for growth. We advise clients on compliance with Canadian regulations related to retail, distribution, licensing and workplace matters.
Our knowledge and expertise in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, banking, lending, venture finance, corporate governance, tax, corporate structuring, restructuring, marketing and advertising, intellectual property, technology, litigation, employment and real estate enable us to provide our clients with the legal services needed to succeed in Canada’s cannabis industry.
With extensive capital markets expertise, we help clients take their business to the next level by assisting with financing and go-public transactions, including initial public offerings, reverse takeovers and qualifying transactions, as well as resulting listings on the TSX, TSXV, CSE and NASDAQ. 
Aird & Berlis has substantial cross-border transaction and structuring experience. We advise clients on global opportunities in both established and emerging markets. We took the first South American recreational producer public in Canada through a brokered private placement and subsequent qualifying transaction. We are currently involved with several go-public deals for companies involved in the U.S., Canadian and international cannabis industries.

When companies in the cannabis sector face challenging circumstances, our professionals can advise on opportunities for financing and restructuring. We have broad experience in providing practical legal advice to clients in distressed situations. We can help clients recognize potential challenges early and identify proactive solutions to create the best result possible for a company and its stakeholders.

Our lawyers and patent agents are active in the cannabis sector, frequently writing and presenting on emerging issues and legislative developments affecting our clients. The firm has sponsored, and members of the Cannabis Group have presented at, industry events such as the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo, the National Cannabis Bar Association Conference, the Grow Up Cannabis Conference, the Lift Cannabis Business Conference and Expo (Toronto and Vancouver) and the MJBizCon International.

Some of our selected publication and presentation topics include:
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in the Canadian Cannabis Sector 
  • TSX, TSXV and CSA Clarify Their Positions on Listed Entities with Ties to U.S. Marijuana Market
  • Growing Your ‘Cannabusiness’: From Seeds to the Stock Exchange
  • The Ontario Cannabis Control Act and Implications for Commercial Landlords
  • How to Thrive in the Canadian Cannabis Retail Market
  • Compliance and Liability in the Era of Cannabis Legalization: Tips, Traps and Strategies for Employers
  • Cannabis Promotion: Seller Beware
  • Acquiring Cannabis Genetics Under the New Cannabis Regime
  • Protecting Your Intellectual Property During the Cannabis Boom

Representative Matters

Representative Matters Aug 24, 2021 CSC Cannabis Stores Approved for Ontario Cannabis License
Representative Matters May 05, 2021 Heat + Herb Opens Flagship Location in Vancouver
Representative Matters Feb 18, 2021 Harborside Inc. Completes $35 Million Private Placement
Representative Matters Jun 22, 2020 MediPharm Labs Completes $37.8 Million Private Placement
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Recent Developments

Events Oct 28, 2021 Cannabis Sector Update: M&A, Financing, Legal Matters & More CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers
Events Sep 22, 2020 The Science of Psychedelics: How Law & Science Support the Sector CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers
Events Aug 12, 2020 What's Next for the Cannabis Industry? CPD Information: 1.5 Substantive Hours for Lawyers
Events Jun 16, 2020 Unpacking Cross-Border Cannabis Sector Class Action Risks CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers
Events Jun 10, 2020 The Rise of the Psychedelics Sector CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers
Events May 21, 2020 The Cannabis Sector’s Public Policy Response to COVID-19: Canada, U.S. and International Impact CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers