The Business of Cannabis
The Business of Cannabis
News + Views + Events

The legalization of cannabis in Canada poses a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses. It is estimated that the recreational cannabis market in Canada may generate approximately $23 billion in annual revenue, creating jobs and fueling the growth of new businesses.  Alberta is home to one of the largest cannabis producers in Canada and is witnessing a rapid expansion of investment and growth in the emerging cannabis sector.

Field Law’s Business Law group has significant experience developing business solutions for Albertans and is well positioned to support the emerging cannabis sector. With more than 30 lawyers dedicated to serving the diverse needs of small, mid-sized and multinational clients with interests in Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, you can rely on our extensive resources and experience to seize opportunities and grow your cannabis business.

Development Permits

A development permit is required for all new cannabis stores.  When a permit is refused the decision can be appealed in front of the Subdivision Development and Appeal Board (Appeal Board).

While the process is designed to be simpler than appearing before a court of law, it is worth investing in working with a lawyer who understands the Land Use Bylaw and the nuances of the cannabis industry and can represent your best interests before the Appeal Board.

The team at Field Law works with a number of cannabis retailers and licensed producers in Alberta.

The team overturned a refusal of a cannabis store development permit in front of the Appeal Board. In doing so, they were able to get a relaxation of approximately 45m of the Land Use Bylaw’s required 300m separation distance between cannabis stores.

As appeal boards in Alberta continue to address the backlog of appeals generated from cannabis legalization, make sure you are prepared for your appeal by working with a team who can help you navigate the development permit process to get your business up and running.

Other services we provide to help navigate your business through cannabis legislation include:

  • Commercial transactions
  • Business structure, partnerships, joint ventures
  • Rezoning and development applications
  • Securities
  • Corporate secretarial services
  • Finance and banking
  • Licensing, permitting and AGLC compliance
  • Advising on compliance with advertising and packaging requirements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Commercial leasing, and
  • Commercialization, franchise agreements, licensing agreements.

We can help your business secure leases, manage contracts, finance expansions and acquire new assets. Our aim is to grow your business.

August 2019
Craft Cannabis: Micro-Cultivation + Micro-Processing Licences
Craft cannabis is hitting the market as newly licensed craft producers are coming into operation. With the introduction of the new regulations under the Cannabis Act, the federal government created micro-cultivation licences, often referred t...
April 2019
Edibles Update: High Taxes in 2019 Federal Budget
Canada's 2019 federal budget (the "Budget") includes additional insight into the hotly anticipated regulatory regime for cannabis edibles, which is set to come into force in the fall of 2019. The Budget provides for a change to the curren...
February 2019
Roll It Up! Rules + Regulations for Building Your Cannabis Store
Keeping Up With Cannabis
Opening a cannabis store in Alberta requires a large number of steps, including obtaining approval from the Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis Commission (AGLC). The Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, RSA 2000, c G-1 (Act) has provided the AGLC with the ...
October 2018
"Did You Roll That Yourself?": Travelling Tips Now that Cannabis is Legal in Canada
Keeping Up With Cannabis Legislation
Today’s the day! Cannabis has become legal in Canada for adult use, possession, purchase and distribution. As an important reminder, it remains illegal to take cannabis across any international border by any means, (land, water or air).  The...
September 2018
Keep Off the Grass! Cannabis in Calgary: Zoning and Public Use
Anticipation of cannabis legalization is all the buzz right now as federal, provincial and municipal legislation is coming together to paint a practical picture of cannabis regulation – all by October 17, 2018. This blog post examines aspects of ...
June 2018
Standing Out: Branding and Trademark Issues for Cannabis Companies
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
With the anticipation surrounding the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada, it comes as no surprise that companies have been quick to take advantage of this budding industry. More than 70 corporations have been issued licenses from Health Canada...
June 2018
Calgary’s Cannabis Consumption Bylaws: What You Need to Know
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
In anticipation of the legalization of recreational cannabis in just a few months, Calgary’s City Council has taken steps to limit cannabis use in public. On April 5, 2018, City Councillors approved the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw 24M2018 (the &ld...
May 2018
Cannabis Retailers and the Layers of Regulation Impacting Sale
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
You're about to see some new businesses opening up around town: cannabis retail businesses. The Province is expected to issue approximately 250 cannabis retail licenses to businesses in anticipation of the upcoming legalization of recreational cann...
April 2018
Cannabis Regulation in Canada’s Territories
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
Canada's plans for cannabis legalization are slowly rolling into focus. While many of the details of the regulatory framework are still under review, it is clear that the approach to regulation taken by the Provinces and Territories is mixed and di...