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 text book is an annual annotated review of the 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.

And now, with more cases under the Cannabis Act being released, the book provides analysis of these most recent cases, helping you decide what to do with your own business decisions.

Book Features

  • Overview commentary for each part and division of the Act
  • Thematic annotation of key sections
  • Updated chapter on the legal history of the 95 years of Canadian cannabis prohibition, including the xenophobic origins of the drug legislation and a review of the medical cannabis case law that led to legalization.
  • Full text of all Regulations and commentary on the leading cases.
  • 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, and by Alan Young, Professor Emeritus of law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who retired in 2018. This year, we are proud to have returning our research editor, Tamar Friedman, and newly joining the team, contributing editor, Ruth Chun.

Canada’s Cannabis Act is a Useful Resource

The 2022/2023 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 our law firm Cannabis Law to give cannabis businesses the tools to plan and protect themselves.