Beer, Booze and Vertical Integration: making and selling your own alcohol in BC

In the late 19th Century, brewers in America started to set up “tied houses” in order to get their product to the masses.  Tied houses were saloons financed and supported by specific brewers for the purpose of selling that brewer’s beer.  Anheuser Busch, the legendary St. Louis based company, was one of the brewers at [...]

By |2020-01-20T08:07:19-08:00January 17th, 2020|Blog, Liquor Licensing and Regulations|

Do Securities Laws Apply to Private British Columbia Companies?

There is a common misconception that securities laws are only relevant for companies listed on a stock exchange; however, the fact is that securities laws apply to all companies, whether public or private. Securities laws have two fundamental elements, both aimed at protecting the investing public and maintaining market integrity. The first is the requirement [...]

By |2020-01-15T08:32:40-08:00January 14th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|

Direct Listing by Non-Offering Prospectus (NOP) versus Listing by Reverse Take Over (RTO)

Two popular ways for a company to go public, other than by conducting an initial public offering (IPO), are by reverse takeover (RTO), and, increasingly common in the last couple of years, by direct listing using a non-offering prospectus. Both are simpler, therefore faster and less costly, and do not carry the market risk of [...]

By |2020-01-09T08:22:04-08:00January 9th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|

How to Make Money As An Open Source Software Developer

Did you know that it is possible to make money as a developer of open source software? Many software developers are unaware that money can be made with open source licensing. The conventional wisdom is that open source licensing precludes profit making. Thankfully, it turns out this is incorrect. It is quite possible to make [...]

By |2020-01-15T16:30:58-08:00January 7th, 2020|Blog, Technology Law|

Critical Next Steps for Prospective Cannabis Retail Store Owners in Ontario

The Government of Ontario is moving towards an open market for retail cannabis stores starting in January 2020.  For those looking to take advantage of this opportunity, there many things you should be considering and doing immediately. 1. Get Informed The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will start accepting licence applications from prospective [...]

By |2020-01-03T15:38:13-08:00December 19th, 2019|Blog, Cannabis Law, Cannabis Regulations|

Missouri Announces Dates for Awarding of Medical Marijuana Licenses

Officials from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recently announced that they will award all the State’s marijuana licenses by the end of January 2020.  They posted the following issuance timeline for the varying types of facilities: Testing facilities: approximately December 19, 2019 Transportation facilities: approximately December 23, 2019 Cultivation facilities: approximately December [...]

By |2019-12-10T12:10:57-08:00December 10th, 2019|Blog, Cannabis Law, Cannabis Regulations|

What Businesses Need to Know About Their Legal Obligations When Outsourcing Data Processing to Third-Party Service Providers

Did you know that Canadian businesses have legal obligations under Canada’s federal privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”), when they engage third-parties to process personal data? By now, Canadian businesses should be aware of their mandatory data breach reporting obligations under PIPEDA. In short, those obligations require Canadian businesses to: [...]

By |2019-11-15T12:12:52-08:00November 14th, 2019|Blog, Privacy Law|

Gaming Industry Growth and Demographics

Video games have come a long way since 1958, when Tennis for Two debuted as the first video game created for exclusively entertainment purposes. Since then, the video game industry has gone from a niche, budding form of recreation into a lucrative and diverse industry that caters to a wide range of audiences around the [...]

By |2019-10-01T12:26:12-07:00October 1st, 2019|Blog, Gaming, Technology|

Mergers and Acquisitions in the Cannabis Industry

Information about Cannabis Industry Mergers and Acquisitions Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) between privately held corporations involve a variety of complex business and legal considerations. In order to effectively navigate this terrain, it’s important to understand some of the underlying dynamics and some of the issues that may arise. This is especially important in the cannabis [...]

By |2019-09-24T15:40:53-07:00September 24th, 2019|Blog, Cannabis Law, Cannabis Regulations|

Critical Next Steps in Missouri for Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operators

Next Steps for Missouri Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operators Great opportunity awaits future operators of medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri, and with the deadline for filing license applications having come and gone, the work has only just begun.  On August 19 the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) closed its call for medical marijuana [...]

By |2020-01-03T15:38:30-08:00September 5th, 2019|Blog, Cannabis Law, Cannabis Regulations|