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Pot lobbying to remain high in wake of legalization, insiders say

By Samantha Wright Allen      

There’s likely to be a lot of ‘jockeying’ from interested groups, as rules around non-smokeable products are still undecided.

A worker inspects plants at the Tweed cannabis plant in Smiths Falls, Ont., one of several cannabis companies that have sprouted up in the years prior to legalization. Consultants and industry insiders predict lobbying isn’t likely to taper off after pot is legal on Oct. 17, suggesting it will instead climb as groups jockey to tweak existing law and inform new regulations ahead of a 12-month deadline to legalize other forms, like edibles. The Hill Times file photograph
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Since the Liberals came to power with a promise of cannabis legalization, a sophisticated government relations industry has bloomed out of the historic policy shift, with lobbying skyrocketing and the companies registered since 2015 having doubled those in the arena compared to three years before. That comes as no surprise to any involved in the industry, who expect flipping the switch on legalization won’t slow the government relations engine now geared towards tweaking the regulations, taking on labelling

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