Cannabis

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Dhillon Ranjeev Ranjeev S. Dhillon
Partner
T: 416.777.7394
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Partner, Trademark Agent, Head of IP Litigation
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“Bennett Jones Law is the gold standard of cannabis law in Canada.”

- Scott Walters, CEO, Molecular Science Corp.

Bennett Jones’ Cannabis group consists of a team of dedicated legal professionals based mainly in Toronto with expertise spread throughout our additional offices in Canada. We are focused on providing services and expertise designed to enhance the prospects of our cannabis clients. We deliver high-quality legal services with an entrepreneurial approach.

While the Cannabis group offers the intimacy and responsiveness of a boutique firm, we also draw on the resources of Bennett Jones’ approximately 400 lawyers and legal professionals for their experience in the broad range of legal matters that are relevant to our clients.

We develop and maintain stable, long-term relationships between each client and one of our lawyers who acts as a single point of contact. The contact person will introduce and coordinate other Bennett Jones lawyers in any specialty disciplines needed.

The cannabis industry is characterized by collaboration and networks. As originating participants in the space, we have developed an extensive network of contacts in Canada and beyond, and we make these contacts available to our clients. Our network includes financing sources (angel, venture capital, private equity and strategic investors, investment banks and commercial banks), government agencies (Health Canada, Canadian securities commissions and Food Inspection Agency), industry consultants (security experts, technology providers and technical advisors) and professionals in related fields (accountants, lawyers, recruiters, marketing and business development experts, and investor and public relations consultants). These are people with whom we have worked over many years and whom we recommend with confidence.

Our practice group has worked with hundreds of cannabis businesses since the space’s inception. We deliver that experience to every client by recommending best practices and helping them to avoid costly mistakes with customized advice. There is no substitute for the experience of having seen particular approaches succeed or fail.

Our Business Approach

We strive to be thought leaders in the cannabis industry and, to this end, we regularly publish articles and thought-pieces regarding topical conversation points and deliver presentations regarding topics of interest at conferences.

We represent and assist clients that are involved in all facets of the cannabis industry as this approach allows us to broker strategic introductions for our clients.  We believe this holistic approach allows us to offer both legal and business expertise and truly assume the role of trusted business partner and advisor to our cannabis clients.

Client Testimonials

“In my previous role as executive director of Cannabis Canada (formally known as the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association), I received invaluable strategic business and legal advice from [Bennett Jones'] cannabis team, and consider them to be one of the industry’s best connected and most influential participants.”

- Neil Belot, Chief Global Business Development Officer, Aurora Cannabis

“[Bennett Jones'] cannabis team—the best legal minds in Cannabis corporate law.”

- Chuck Rifici, Founder and CEO, Cannabis Wheaton

“From helping us navigate the complexities of the regulations, to coordinating the strategic review that ultimately led to the sale of our business, we could always count on the [Bennett Jones Cannabis] team to provide timely, thoughtful and business-focused advice when we needed it.”

- Ronan Levy, Chief Corporate Officer and General Counsel, CanvasRx

“The thoughtfulness, care and insight of the Bennett Jones team is unparalleled. I am constantly impressed with their perspective and depth of knowledge on the cannabis industry and their willingness to go the extra mile.”

- Alan Gertner, Founder and CEO, Tokyo Smoke

Select Experience

  • Ample Organics Inc.
    • Various financings and shareholder matters
  • Aurora Cannabis Inc.
    • Acquisition of Peloton Pharmaceuticals Inc. through an insolvency procedure
  • Beleave Inc.
    • Various private and public financings
    • Going public transaction by way of a reverse-take over
    • Various regulatory matters

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