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Legal Cannabis: Coming to Canada on October 17, 2018
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation

On June 20, 2018, the federal government announced that Canadians will be able to possess and consume cannabis recreationally under the Cannabis Act as of October 17, 2018. Until that date, cannabis possession and consumption remains illegal, other than for medical purposes in accordance with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

Employers have 17 weeks to ensure they are prepared for the potential impact of legal cannabis on their workplaces. Employers should ensure they are prepared in advance of October 17, including undertaking a review of their drug and alcohol policies to ensure they address legal recreational cannabis and prohibit impairment in the workplace.

Resources for Businesses and Employers

Save the date! Field Law has developed a comprehensive workshop to assist employers in preparing for the legislation, which we plan to hold in Edmonton on September 11 and Calgary on September 19. Stay tuned for your invitation, which will be sent out this summer! We can also tailor the workshop to suit the needs of your organization and present the information to your team at your offices.

Our lawyers are also available to assist with reviewing and updating alcohol and drug policies or, if such a policy is not currently in place, to draft an alcohol and drug policy appropriate for your workplace.

To schedule a workshop, or get an initial assessment of your drug and alcohol policy, please contact Geoff Hope ( in Edmonton, or Christin Elawny ( in Calgary.

In addition, our Cannabis Industry Group has experience advising cannabis producers on financing and corporate governance, packaging and intellectual property. We are also available to assist prospective cannabis retailers with applications for retail licenses.