Lawyer Trina Fraser helpfully broke down the process of applying for security clearances in the most efficient manner possible.
Twitter—Trina Fraser

  • Security clearances are necessary for many people employed in licensed businesses, including most executives (directors, officers, partners) as well as key figures like master growers, security heads, and quality-assurance managers.
  • I spoke with Fraser this week as part of an upcoming WeedWeek Report on the Ontario sector. She told me that those who grew illicit cannabis before legalization, in a best-case situation, clearances can take a matter of “a few months, but you have to budget a much longer timeframe for that.”
    Twitter—Travis Lane

One piece of good news Fraser shared: in a month of open applications for REC retail in Ontario, “they’ve received over 600—but I can tell you that every single one of our clients who’s applied has gotten some type of feedback essentially on their applications and some are done. I have been pleasantly surprised with how fast the AGCO has been processing these operator applications.”

She noted at the rate the authorizations are taking place, “we could get a lot more than 20 store authorizations a month coming out come May, June, July, into the summer. It’s going to take a couple of months, but they will start to flow pretty quickly I think.”

Quick Hits

  1. The Nova Scotia Human Rights commission, in a potentially precedent-setting case, determined MED was a medical necessity in the case of an employee denied it by his insurer.
    Financial Post
  2. After six LPs moved into a single industrial area in eastern Montreal, the municipal council is passing zoning laws to prohibit cannabis cultivation in certain areasto avoid “olfactory problems.”
    La Presse