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Municipal Issues in the Legalization of Cannabis

A Specialized Forum for Municipal Regulators

March 20 - 21, 2018  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Day One Chair
Matt Zabloski, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards, City of Calgary
8:45 - 10:00
Roles and Relationships of the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments in the Legalization of Cannabis and Ontario's Approach to Cannabis Legalization
Victor Liu, Partner, Goodmans LLP
Elliot Pobjoy, Associate, Goodmans LLP
Ryan Freeston, Director of Policy and Legal Counsel, Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat, Ministry of the Attorney General
Mike McGuire, Director, Operations, Office of Medical Cannabis, Health Canada
  • Who has jurisdiction over what?
  • Role and responsibilities of municipalities in the scheme of things
  • The need for municipalities to establish relationships with their federal and provincial counterparts
  • How will Ontario approach federal cannabis legalization?
  • Federal perspectives
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Overview of Canadian Municipal Government Issues in the Legalization of Cannabis
Craig Reid, Senior Advisor, Association of Municipalities of Ontario
Tim Stiles, Policy Advisor, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Research on local impacts and implications for municipal governments
  • Anticipated municipal roles and responsibilities and shared responsibilities
  • Timelines for development of by-laws and by-law amendments
  • Need for public engagement and feedback
  • Time required for municipal approvals and licenses
  • Working with your municipal council
  • Legal issues
  • Will legalization download unsustainable financial or operational burdens on municipalities?
11:15 - 12:15
Land Use Planning, Zoning, Enforcement and Compliance
Matt Zabloski, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards, City of Calgary
Nadia Chandra, Assistant City Solicitor, Oakville
  • Parameters of public consumption
  • Federal licensing of growing operations - do municipalities have a role?
  • Role of municipalities re home cultivation
  • Scope of municipal authority and jurisdiction of municipalities
  • Determining where dispensaries can operate
  • Options for land-use by-law amendments
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:00
What Municipalities Need to Know About Production and Distribution: From Seed to Sale
Mike McGuire, Director, Operations, Office of Medical Cannabis, Health Canada
  • Understanding the supply chain
  • Existing production and distribution of medical marijuana
  • Applications for licensing
  • Regulating quality
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:15
Case Study
Lessons Learned and Experience in Legalization in Portland Oregon: 2.5 Years Down the Road
Jeffrey Van Name, Cannabis Program, City of Portland Oregon
  • Need for public health approach and communication strategy
  • Enforcing regulations
  • Impaired driving issues
  • Mitigating impact on liveability and public safety
  • Safeguards for security of the industry
  • Responding to community concerns and complaints
  • Regulatory zoning and licensing issues
  • Pricing: impact on the black market
  • Impact on municipal budget
  • Fixing problems along the way and lessons learned
3:15 - 4:30
Licensing and Other Concerns for Retail Businesses, By-Law Enforcement and Compliance
Shayne Turner, Director, Municipal Enforcement Services, City of Waterloo
Kathryn Holm, P.Eng., Chief Licence Inspector/Director of Licensing, Property Use Inspections and Animal Services, City of Vancouver
Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto
Jeffrey Van Name, Cannabis Program, City of Portland Oregon
  • Considerations of private retailers versus provincially operated stores
  • Enforcement against illegal storefronts authorities and approach
  • The need for cannabis-specific enforcement authorities
  • Considerations around places of use
  • How municipalities handle complaints about:
  • Proximity of cannabis stores
  • Impact on the neighbourhood
  • Use of cannabis in apartments
  • Use of cannabis in proximity to children
4:30        End of Day One
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Legalization of cannabis is just months away. Municipalities are responsible for a smooth roll-out to the public, with significant work to be accomplished by the July 2018 deadline. If you work on land use planning and zoning, business licensing, municipal workplace safety, enforcement relating to public consumption or impaired driving, you are feeling the pressure of the looming deadline. You have important questions and you need answers from the provinces yesterday relating to critical matters such as what retail model your province will choose. You need to budget for start up and implementation in all these areas including the cost of public education, public health and law enforcement.

INFONEX's two-day program Municipal Issues in the Legalization of Cannabis, will be the ideal forum for discussing and sharing ideas with others to help you move forward without wasting time or spinning your wheels. A faculty of experienced government officials from all the relevant areas will share their insights on what's working effectively and what's not. U.S cities who have made the journey you are about to embark upon will draw on their experience to help you benefit from what they have learned along the way so you can avoid potential missteps and proceed in timely fashion.

You will learn what you can expect with legalization, including the impact on community and public health and safety. You will leave with a clear picture of what you are required to do, as a municipal employer, to keep municipal employees safe now that you have to worry about the potential effects of marijuana at the workplace. Experts from U.S. cities and large and small municipalities in a variety of provinces will explain how they are dealing with land use planning and zoning and business licensing (including government-run, private retail or a mixed retail model depending on the province's choice.) You will understand the enforcement issues relating to consumption and impaired driving and the complexity and potential problems involved in the supply chain.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from those most able to provide the important information, insights and strategies you need to meet the complex challenge ahead. Register now so you and your municipality have the necessary knowledge to reduce the risk and increase the potential benefits of this important change in national cannabis policy. Your up-front investment of time will repay you time and again as you move forward more decisively, confidently and knowledgeably than you otherwise would have. Register today!

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