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Cannabis Act Referred to Standing Committee
The debate at the second reading stage of the Cannabis Act has now concluded. Now, Bill C-45 will be referred to the standing committee. Committees are selected based on their mandates and how closely that corresponds to the subject matter of the Bill. In this circumstance, the choice is the Standing Committee on Health (HESA), chaired by Bill Casey. HESA historically has reported on all matters related to Health Canada including cannabis-related reports. So, what happens next?

Application Process: Becoming a Licensed Producer of Cannabis for Medical Purposes
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-use-marijuana/licensed-producers/application-process-becoming-licensed-producer.html

For more information on the recent licensing process update, please see the Information Bulletin entitled “Improving the Licensing of Production of Cannabis for Medical Purposes”.

All applications to become a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes undergo a strict and thorough review as outlined below.

All aspects of an application are subject to ongoing review based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to receipt of updated information, new developments, the result of subsequent reviews of the application, etc. Applicants should not assume the adequacy of any part of their application based on their stage in the application process.

To obtain an Application Form, please e-mail: ACMPR-RACFM@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Please note that you must submit a completed Security Clearance Application Form and Security Clearance Fingerprint Third Party Consent to Release Personal Information Form with your completed Application.

Effective May 25, 2017, the application process for becoming a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes is as follows:

Note: An applicant may be sent back to the Intake and Initial Screening stage if new information affecting the application is received by Health Canada at the Detailed Review and Security Clearance stage. An application can be refused at any stage in the process, before a licence is issued.

 

Scott Reid Was The Only Conservative MP To Vote In Favour Of Pot Legalization
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/08/scott-reid-marijuana-legalization-liberals_n_17005850.html

A veteran Conservative who has long advocated for legalized marijuana was the only Tory MP to vote in favour of the Liberal government’s Cannabis Act Thursday.

But Scott Reid, who represents the Ontario riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, says he will conduct a constituency referendum to determine if he should support Bill C-45 at third reading.

Marijuana in N.L.: Government launching website to get feedback on legalization. Justice Minister Andrew Parsons says pot legalization single biggest issue he gets called about
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/marijuana-legalization-newfoundland-labrador-website-survey-1.4153012

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the government is looking for the public’s input on how legalization should look, and has launched a website where people can share their opinions and suggestions on selling weed. “It’s probably the single biggest issue that I get people coming to me about, e-mailing me, writing me,” Justice and Public Safety Minister Andrew Parsons told the St. John’s Morning Show. “People are very interested in this and have a view.”

 

Canadian Law Firm Partner Joins Cannabis Streaming Company As Advisory Board Member
https://www.newcannabisventures.com/bennett-jones-partner-hugo-alves-to-join-cannabis-wheaton-as-president/

Cannabis Wheaton Appoints Prominent Industry Figure Hugo Alves as President

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – June 8, 2017) – Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. (TSX VENTURE:CBW) (“Cannabis Wheaton” or the “Company”) is very pleased to announce that it has appointed advisory board member and industry-leading expert Hugo Alves to the position of President and Director of the Company.

Hugo is currently a corporate and commercial Partner at Bennett Jones LLP where he founded and built the firm’s Cannabis Group, the leading cannabis-focused legal advisory business in the country. Hugo has acted as lead counsel or played a key role in many of the most transformative transactions in the regulated Canadian cannabis industry since its inception and is widely regarded, domestically and globally, as a Canadian cannabis industry pioneer and its leading legal advisor with one of the broadest client and professional networks in the sector.

USA

Can Native Americans gain a competitive edge in the marijuana business?
http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2017/06/08/can-native-americans-gain-a-competitive-edge-in.html

Former Seminole Tribe chief James Billie hopes to become a medical marijuana entrepreneur by leveraging the benefits afforded to tribal-owned businesses, such as casinos. But Native American’s monopoly over the local gaming industry doesn’t accurately portray the challenges that might lie ahead in the realm of legalized cannabis, says lawyer Gerry Greenspoon.

The co-managing shareholder of South Florida-based law firm Greenspoon Marder said advantages afforded by sovereign land rights would compete with a multitude of disadvantages associated with being a people governed by federal law.

New York Lawmakers to Renew Push for Cannabis Legalization
https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/new-york-lawmakers-renew-push-cannabis-legalization

Lawmakers are set to announce a renewed push to legalize cannabis in New York, with state legislators and public policy advocates planning to unveil an adult-use bill next week.

State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-New York) and Rep. Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo), along with advocates organized by the Drug Policy Alliance, will meet in Albany on Monday to announce the reintroduction of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), S.3040/A.3506. They’ll also announce the launch of a campaign, Start SMART NY, dedicated to ending cannabis prohibition in the state.

DOJ’s Mysterious Marijuana Subcommittee: Few details have emerged about a potentially influential review.
https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2017-06-06/dojs-mysterious-marijuana-subcommittee

What is known: The review is being conducted by a subcommittee of a larger crime-reduction task force that will issue recommendations by July 27. The subcommittee was announced in April alongside other subcommittees reviewing charging and sentencing.

The task force is co-chaired by Steve Cook, an assistant U.S. attorney in Tennessee who like Sessions advocates harsh criminal penalties and a traditional view of drug prohibition. The other co-chair is Robyn Thiemann, a longtime department official who works as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy.

The marijuana subcommittee is led by Michael Murray, counsel to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. News has learned.