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Municipal Issues in the Legalization of Cannabis

A Specialized Forum for Municipal Regulators

March 20 - 21, 2018  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
7:30 - 8:30        Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45
Opening Remarks from the Day Two Chair
Shayne Turner, Director, Municipal Enforcement Services, City of Waterloo
8:45 - 9:45
Impact of Legalizing and Regulating Cannabis on Public Health
Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel
  • Protecting public health and safety and mitigating risk
  • Potential impacts of legalization on population health
  • What does a strong public health approach look like
  • Protecting the most vulnerable citizens
  • Harm relative to alcohol and other drugs
9:45 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:15
Policing and Related Issues
Chief Superintendent C.E.J. (Chuck) Cox, Commander, Highway Safety Division, Ontario Provincial Police
Superintendent Karl Thomas, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police
Tara Marie Watson, CIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Bill C-46 and strengthened regulations around impaired driving
  • Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code and other legislation
  • Identifying enforcement strategies
  • Enforcement involving drug impaired driving, possession, public consumption, illegal storefronts, the illicit market
  • Recent research into impaired driving
  • Issues with roadside drug testing
  • Police training for detection of drug impaired driving
  • Powers of investigation, search and seizure
  • Need for dedicated enforcement resources
  • Policy and enforcement options for drug-impaired driving
11:15 - 12:15
Workplace Safety: Drug and Alcohol Policies for Municipal Employees
Leah Simon, Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
  • Potential for workers to believe they can smoke on municipal property
  • Impaired driving of municipal vehicles
  • Recent cases
  • Need for specific workplace policies
  • Drug testing: Is the employee drug impaired?
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Developing Effective Public Education: U.S. Experience
Ashley Kilroy, Executive Director, Excise and Licenses, City of Denver
  • Establishing clear cut goals and measuring effectiveness
  • What is most effective?
  • Experience with children vs. adults
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:45
Budget Issues: Taxation and Revenue
Ashley Kilroy, Executive Director, Excise and Licenses, City of Denver
Matt Zabloski, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards, City of Calgary
  • Cost assessment
  • Regulatory impact analysis
  • Methods for determining how much legalizing marijuana will cost your city
  • Staffing costs
  • Costs of public education, public engagement, staff training administration and enforcement
3:45        End of Day Two
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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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