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Taxing Weed

On October 17, 2018, the federal government of Canada  legalized the sale and recreational use of cannabis. Here is a brief summary of how sales and excise taxes are being applied to the various cannabis products sold in Canada. The federal government along with the provincial and territorial governments have agreed to a tax structure […]


Mitch LaBuick
Mitch LaBuick is a Partner with BDO Canada LLP in Edmonton, Alberta.

How Pot Smoking Became Illegal in Canada

In 1923, when it became illegal to possess cannabis in Canada, very few Canadians would have heard of the drug, let alone tried it. So why did legislators target weed? Cannabis advocates have long blamed women’s rights activist Emily Murphy. Her 1922 book on the drug trade in Canada, The Black Candle, claimed that marijuana […]


Catherine Carstairs
Catherine Carstairs
Catherine Carstairs is a Professor and Chair, in the Department of History, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Alberta’s Recreational Cannabis Landscape: An overview of restrictions in housing and public spaces

Introduction On October 17, 2018, recreational use of cannabis became legal in Canada. Canadians are now able to purchase recreational cannabis, publicly possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis and grow up to 4 plants for personal use. Does this mean that Canadians can obtain and use cannabis anywhere they want then? Nope, think […]


Judy Feng
Judy Feng
Judy Feng, BCom, JD, is a staff lawyer at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre.

Going to Pot: An update on employers and marijuana issues in the workplace

October 17th was the date chosen by the federal government to make a profound change for Canadian society. Possession of cannabis became legal. In this article, we offer some answers to questions that many employers are probably thinking about. Are all cannabis products a concern for employers? …it is clear that individual border agents could […]


Hugh McPhail
Hugh McPhail is a lawyer with McLennan Ross LLP in their Edmonton Office.

The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

First, the challenge:  Cannabis use is widespread in our society. Canadians, and particularly young Canadians, are using cannabis at some of the highest rates in the world. According to the 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, the prevalence of past-year cannabis use was 21 per cent among youth aged 15 to 19; just under […]


Senator Tony Dean
Tony Dean was appointed to the Senate in 2016 to represent Ontario. He was the sponsor of the Cannabis Act as it made its way through the Senate.

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