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New rules broaden security vetting of cannabis players but past crimes don’t automatically bar them from industry

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 7:23 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Trudeau government’s aim of barring organized crime from infiltrating the legalized adult-use cannabis industry is reflected in the sweeping new security clearance rules that will apply to owners, directors, controlling influences and other key players in the multibillion-dollar industry set to launch here in October.

The 390-page final Cannabis Regulations (accompanied by the new Industrial Hemp Regulations) unveiled by Health Canada June 27 expand the positions requiring security clearances beyond what currently exists for medical cannabis producers/distributors to include all those who directly, or indirectly,...