Robert W.E. Laurie is an international lawyer, writer and speaker, qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and called to the British Columbia Bar as a barrister and solicitor. After practicing law in London and New York in the areas of International hedge fund formation and securities fraud litigation, Robert founded AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION in Vancouver in 2013. Robert’s legal practice focusses on cannabis, encompassing business law, administrative and family litigation, plus criminal and marijuana regulatory defence. Robert is also a recent appointment to the City of Nanaimo’s newly established municipal Cannabis Task Force.
Robert has advised licensed producers, dispensaries, pre-license entities, technology companies, and other domestic and foreign participants in the Canadian cannabis industry in relation to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and its regulations, including the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the “ACMPR”) and the Narcotic Control Regulations (the "NCR"). Robert is also helping various industry participants position themselves for expected changes under Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, Eliz. II: 64-65-66 (the "Cannabis Act").
Robert is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Liberty Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE: LIB, OTCQB: LIBFF and FSE: HN3P), a Canadian-based, public company whose focus is to build and support a diversified portfolio of cannabis-sector businesses, including cultivation, value-added CBD/THC products, biotech research and supply-chain products within this dynamic and fast-growing sector. Liberty Leaf also owns 100% of North Road Ventures and acquired the majority interest in Just Kush, both late-stage applicants under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).
Robert is a Special Advisor to the Leadership Team of HollyWeed North Cannabis Inc. and TerraCube International Inc. He is a Director with the B.C. Independent Cannabis Alliance (BCICA), and a former Board Advisor to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD). Robert is also a Contributing Writer and Columnist with 'Grow Magazine', based in Oregon. His regular column with 'Grow’ is entitled: “North of the 49th Parallel: Cannabis News and Legal Commentary from Canada.” Robert holds a M.A. (Hons) Juris from the University of Oxford (St. Edmund Hall) and B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.