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Cannabis Flowers Oils & Edibles

Need-to-Know Information for Municipal Regulators

November 27 - 28, 2018  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:15 - 10:00
Municipal, Provincial and Federal Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations – Regulating Flowers and (Thoughts On) Edibles
The Honourable Darrell Dexter, Chair, cannabisCONNECT, Global Public Affairs; Former Premier of Nova Scotia

This session will review implementation of the first phase of legalization and go on to consider edibles and other infused product offerings as the next big opportunity to be considered by industry with legalization less than a short year away. Based on experience in other jurisdictions we now know that well-thought-out regulation is a must. What can we expect with respect to the regulation of edibles and the parts to be played by different levels of government?

  • Who has jurisdiction over what?
  • Federal and provincial roles
  • Role and responsibilities of municipalities relating to flowers, oils, edibles and places of consumption
  • What are the main concerns and primary impacts of edibles that must be managed through the regulations?
  • As it pertains to safety, what is the best regulatory pathway for edibles- as a food, drug, or natural health product?
  • What are the regulatory options for edibles?
  • Will edibles fit into the existing regulatory frameworks?
  • Are there certain communities or groups that will require different regulatory provisions?
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Land Use Planning, Zoning and Licensing – Compliance and Enforcement – Flowers, Edibles and Places of Consumption
Sara Dubinsky, Lawyer, Lidstone & Company
Iain Dixon, Lawyer, City of Vancouver
Tom Zworski, City Solicitor, Office of the City Solicitor, City of Victoria
  • Parameters of public consumption
  • Federal licensing of growing operations: Do municipalities have a role?
  • Role of municipalities regarding home cultivation
  • Scope of municipal authority and jurisdiction of municipalities
  • Determining where dispensaries can operate
  • Options for land-use by-law amendments
  • Provincial decisions: number of licenses and/or private retailers, age restrictions etc.
  • Considerations of private retailers versus provincially operated stores
  • What control does a municipality have over retail?
  • Enforcement against illegal storefronts – authorities and approach
  • The need for cannabis-specific enforcement authorities
  • Considerations around places of consumption
  • How municipalities handle complaints about:
    • Proximity of cannabis stores
    • Impact on the neighbourhood
    • Use of cannabis in apartments and strata
    • Use of cannabis in proximity to children
  • Special issues and concerns relating to edibles
11:30 - 12:15
The Difference Between Metabolising Edibles and Flowers and Why It Matters
Dr. Gerald Thomas, Director, Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis & Gambling Policy & Prevention, BC Ministry of Health

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.

12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:00
Determining Potency and Purity
John Coleman, Co-Founder, COO and QPIC, Anandia Laboratories Inc
  • What is involved in determining potency and purity of cannabis in various forms?
  • What are cannabis samples screened for?
  • How and how often are samples submitted?
  • Will testing be the bottleneck in getting your product on the market?
  • What toxins are considered dangerous?
  • Importance of ensuring accurate dosage
  • How accurate can labs be in providing THC and CBD counts?
  • Impact of high processing temperatures on potency of THC
  • Are cannabis ingredients susceptible to rancidity?
  • How stable is THC in highly acidic conditions?
  • How stable is THC throughout the shelf life of the product?
  • How do you determine how much one serving of an edible should be?
  • Creative and technical expertise required to achieve the desired sensory and performance attributes
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:15
Best Practices for Quality Control in the Production Process
Shirley Toms, Senior Quality and Regulatory Consultant, Cannabis Compliance Inc.
  • Quality standards and quality control
  • Hazard assessment and control processes
  • Latest techniques to ensure consistency and quality
  • Ensuring THC and CBD counts are consistent and accurate
  • Best practices in the production process
  • Compliance with federal, provincial and municipal regulations
3:15 - 4:15
Consumer Preferences and Patterns of Use
Philippe Lucas, Vice President, Global Patient Research & Access, Tilray
  • Emerging patient and consumer preferences, products and trends
  • Consumer preference and influence on product development and business strategy
  • Findings in other jurisdictions
  • Popularity of smoking vs. vaping vs. extracts, capsules, dabbing, beverages, creams, nasal /sublingual sprays and more
  • Beverages and edibles
  • Signature product developers
4:15        End of Day One
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The date for the roll-out of legal cannabis has been set. For the most part you are ready for the retail model your province has selected. As the rubber meets the road, however, new questions will emerge: Does legalization place an unsustainable financial and operational burden on municipalities? What is the impact on public safety? Are regulations effective in stopping drugged driving? What are neighbours complaining about? The list goes on...

At the same time, legalization of edibles is less than a year away. With the industry moving away from smoking options to meet the demands of a huge market in edibles, it’s time for municipalities and other government officials to understand the unique risks related to edibles and for the cannabis industry to think about what regulations might look like.

The bottom line is that legalization of edibles is not too far away! And 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 enormous opportunities. Regulators, public health and police need to know all they can about the unique impact pf edibles and take all necessary precautions. You need to understand:

  • Why we need special regulations for cannabis edibles;
  • Lessons learned in other jurisdictions;
  • Differences in the way flowers and edibles are metabolized;
  • The impact edibles will have on the size of the cannabis market;
  • anticipated local impact
  • and more...

Infonex’s Cannabis Flowers, Oils, Edibles and Places of Consumption is the ideal forum for getting the information you need to succeed. A faculty of experienced government officials and industry specialists will share their insights and review and clarify the in’s and outs of the first wave of regulations. You will also be preparing for the challenge of the edibles which are less than a year away from legalization. You will leave understanding the differences in how we metabolize flowers and edibles; the resulting risks; 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.

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 challenges ahead. Register today and the up-front investment of time will repay you as you move forward more decisively and knowledgeably than you otherwise would have.

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