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Municipal Issues in the Legalization of Cannabis

A Specialized Forum for Municipal Regulators

April 17 - 18, 2018  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Sara Dubinsky, Lawyer, Lidstone & Company
9:15 - 10:00
Lessons Learned and Experience in Legalization: The Denver Story
Dan Rowland, Principal Consultant, 420 Advisory Management
  • Need for public health approach and communication strategy
  • Enforcing regulations
  • Impaired driving issues
  • Mitigating impact on livability 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
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Impact of Recreational Cannabis Use on Public Health
Gerald Thomas, Director, Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis and Gambling Policy and Prevention, BC Ministry of Health
  • What does a strong public health approach look like?
  • Goals of all initiatives: Maintain, promote, improve health of populations, health protection, prevention of death, disease, injury, disability.
  • Population health surveillance - monitoring emergency rooms, emerging disorders,
  • Creation of a continuum of interventions, policies and programs
  • Protection of the most vulnerable
  • Harm relative to alcohol and other drugs
11:15 - 12:00
Budget Issues: Taxation and Revenue
Oyinola Shyllon, Corporate Economist, 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
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:30
Policing and Related Issues
Cpl. Dave Botham, Investigator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Sgt. Jeff Karran, Federal Operations, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • 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
  • Best practices and tips for bylaws staff in coordinating with municipal police and RCMP
2:30 - 2:45        Networking Break
2:45 - 3:45
Developing Effective Public Education
Dan Reist, Assistant Director, Knowledge Exchange, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)
  • Exploring how we think about drugs and drug use
  • Challenge of supporting healthy behaviours
  • What is the role for schools?
  • Education beyond the school
3:45 - 4:30
Workplace Safety: Drug and Alcohol Policies for Municipal Employees
Peter A. Gall, QC, Partner, Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP
Melanie Vipond, Partner, Gall Legge Grant Zwack 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?
4:30        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. 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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