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Preparing for Cannabis Edibles

Safeguard Communities and Reap the Rewards of the Edibles Market

October 2 - 3, 2018  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:05
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Roberta Kramchynsky, Senior Consultant, Global Public Affairs
9:05 - 9:45
Federal Overview and Update on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation
Andrea Budgell, Manager, Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Division of the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch, Health Canada
9:45 - 11:00
Regulating Edibles: Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Roles and Responsibilities
Eric Foster, Partner, Dentons
The Honourable Darrell Dexter, Chair, cannabisCONNECT, Global Public Affairs; Former Premier of Nova Scotia
Andrea Budgell, Manager, Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Division of the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch, Health Canada
Allan Rewak, Executive Director, Cannabis Canada Council
Roberta Kramchynsky, Senior Consultant, Global Public Affairs
  • Main concerns about edibles that must be managed through the regulations
  • As it pertains to safety, determining the best regulatory pathway for edibles: food, drug, or natural health product
  • Exploring the regulatory options for edibles: Will edibles fit into the existing regulatory frameworks?
  • Potential impact onthe black market considering edibles not be regulated until 2019
  • Primary impacts that come along with the regulation of edibles: Are there certain communities or groups that will require different regulatory provisions?
11:00 - 11:15        Networking Break
11:15 - 12:30
Municipal Regulatory Issues and the Potential Impact of Edibles on Zoning and Licencing
Matt Zabloski, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards, City of Calgary
Shayne Turner, Director, By-Law Enforcement, City of Waterloo
Cameron Bishop, Director, Government Affairs, Privateer Holdings Inc.; Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding and Marketing
  • Overview of regulations to date and necessary by-laws
  • Consideration of the future, edibles and necessary by-laws
  • Scope of municipal authority and jurisdiction of municipalities
  • Parameters of public consumption for cannabis and cannabis edibles
  • Federal licensing of growing operations - do municipalities have a role?
  • Role of municipalities re home cultivation
  • Determining where dispensaries can operate
  • Options for land-use by-law amendments
  • Considerations of private retailers versus provincially operated stores
  • Enforcement against illegal storefronts � authorities and approach
  • 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
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:15
Experience and Lesson Learned in Denver
Dan Rowland, Principal Consultant, 420 Advisory Management; Former Director, Public Affairs, Office of Marijuana Policy and Department of Excise of Licenses, Denver Colorado

In some jurisdictions edibles were legalized at the same time and under the same regulations that applied to flowers, seeds and oils. Amid data showing an increase in emergency room visits and accidental ingestion of marijuana-infused treats by children and others, these jurisdictions took steps to amend regulations that applied to edibles.

  • What went wrong?
  • Resulting statistics
  • Health and safety concerns
  • What these jurisdictions learned
  • What the police learned
  • Steps taken to deal specifically with edibles
2:15 - 3:30
Three-Part Session: Public Health Concerns, Food Safety Regulations and Inspections
Part 1: Impact of of Legalizing and Regulating Cannabis Edibles 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
Part 2: Compliance with Food Safety Regulations
Laura Weinrib, Partner, Blakes
  • Regulations that apply to edibles and beverages
  • Practical implications for licensed producers and retailers
  • What to expect by way of inspections
Part 3: What to Expect from Food Safety Inspections
Aparna Gulavane, Quality and Regulatory Consultant, Cannabis Compliance Inc.,
  • Frequency of inspections
  • Who are the inspectors?
  • What are they looking for?
  • Preparing for an inspection
  • Powers of the inspector
3:30 - 3:45        Networking Break
3:45 - 4:30
Edibles Versus Smoking Cannabis: User Knowledge, Preferences and Pharmacokinetics
Dr. Sergio Rueda, Independent Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Although edibles are often considered a safe, discreet, and effective means of attaining the therapeutic and/or intoxicating effects of cannabis without exposure to the potentially harmful risks of cannabis smoking, little research has evaluated how ingestion differs from other methods of cannabis administration in terms of therapeutic efficacy, subjective effects, and safety.

This session will provide those in the field with the relevant facts professionals require on how we metabolize cannabis infused food, the risk of overconsumption, effects of edibles in contrast to smoking or alcohol, variability of impact and impact on children and vulnerable persons.

4:30        End of Day One



Federal, provincial and municipal governments are in the thick of it, establishing laws and regulations for recreational cannabis. But cannabis edibles are looming just beyond that – with a potentially huge market, and a potentially huge impact on municipalities and public safety.

The bottom line is that legalization of edibles is not too far away! If you're not prepared, informed, and aware of the impact edibles will have you'll be playing catch-up. Licensed producers need to be ready to take advantage of the enormous opportunities offered by edibles. Municipal or provincial regulators need to know all they can about the potential impact on their municipalities and take all necessary precautions. You need information and you need it now!

With the industry moving away from smoking options to meet the demands of what is expected to be a huge market in edibles, it's time to understand the risks and opportunities that will arise as licensed producers expand their product line to include what you can eat, drink, vape, dab, spray, take as a capsule, sublingually or in a myriad of other ways. It's time for regulators to grasp the potential impact edibles can have on the health and safety of their communities.

INFONEX's two-day program Preparing for Cannabis Edibles will be the ideal forum for learning how to successfully prepare your organization and ready your municipality. Get the most up-to-date information available on edibles. Examine regulatory options and how to effectively comply with specific cannabis laws and food safety requirements. Learn about the differences in the physiological impact on consumers of edibles compared to oils and flowers. Get advice on how to determine potency and purity of the edibles so the consumer understands what he or she is buying. Learn what marketing is permissible and what is not, how to keep edibles away from children, and how to support the key messages that are part of public education.

The information you take away will stand you in good stead as opportunities and risks present themselves in the brave new world of edibles. Register early to take advantage of early-bird savings!

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