Canada’s Cannabis Act

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Canada’s Cannabis Act: Annotation & Commentary identifies the relevant case law and underlying legislation used to draft the Cannabis Act

This is the second edition of an annual annotated review of the new federal Cannabis Act, which came into force on October 17, 2018.

For ease of navigation, the book is structured according to the sections of the Cannabis Act. The Act is comprised of 15 Parts, and uses provisions either directly from or modified from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, and the Food and Drug Act. Accordingly, the most relevant case law under each of these Acts is examined, with appropriate cases selected to interpret the Cannabis Act.

Book Features

  • Overview commentary for each part and division of the Act
  • Thematic annotation of key sections
  • Detailed introduction outlining the legislative history of the 95 years of Canadian cannabis prohibition and a review of the case law that led to its end.
  • Full text of all Regulations
  • Written by Russell Bennett, a cannabis lawyer who advises businesses in the cannabis industry, and who has commented on Canada’s cannabis laws in his creative productions for over 20 years

Canada’s Cannabis Act is a Useful Resource

The 2020/2021 edition of the Cannabis Act: Commentary & Annotation will be of interest to:


Criminal, Corporate, Municipal, Employment, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Tax, Privacy, Regulatory


Federal, provincial and municipal administrations


Licensed Producers, Retailers, Processors, Media, Entrepreneurs

Law enforcement officers

Municipal officers, provincial officers, RCMP, military police


Law schools, universities, public libraries

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About Russell Bennett

Russell Bennett, B.Sc., LL.B., founded the law firm Cannabis Law on 420/2018 to give cannabis businesses the tools to plan and protect themselves.

Russell is also a filmmaker, having directed and produced the documentary STONED: Hemp Nation on Trial, about the trial of Chris Clay, Canada’s first hemp store owner in London, Ontario, who was arrested for selling cannabis seeds and cuttings, and who faced four life sentences. Stoned premiered on CBC Newsworld and was nominated for Best Political Documentary at HotDocs International Documentary Film Festival.