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Cannabis Flowers Oils & Edibles

Need-to-Know Information for Municipal Regulators

November 27 - 28, 2018  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
 
   
 
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
   
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
 
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks from the Chair
 
9:15 - 10:15
Understanding Packaging, Labelling and Advertising Restrictions: What’s Out of Bounds and How Do You Handle Complaints?
Karen Parent, Chief Quality & Compliance Officer and Quality Assurance, Zenabis
  • Why industry players want to establish brand and presence before the green light signalling legalization goes off
  • Packaging, labelling, warnings
  • What can you say about your product?
  • Branding and promotion industry guidelines and government proposals
  • Why education may be your best marketing tool
  • Focussing on why your product is better and safer
  • Can you prevent overconsumption, ensure consistency, and ensure quality?
  • When, where, how and to whom can you advertise directly?
  • Where do advertising complaints come from and where to refer complainants
 
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
 
10:30 - 11:15
Lessons Learned in Seattle
John Schochet, Deputy City Attorney, City of Seattle
  • 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
  • Impact and issues specific to edibles and learning from experience
  • 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
 
11:15 - 12:00
Impact of Legalizing and Regulating Flowers and Edibles on Public Health
Gerald Thomas, Director, Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis & Gambling Policy & Prevention, BC Ministry of Health
  • What does a strong public health approach look like?
  • Importance of social justice, human rights, evidence-informed policy and practice
  • Goals of all initiatives: Maintain, promote, improve health of populations, health protection, prevention of death, disease, injury, disability.
  • Population health surveillance
  • Creation of a continuum of interventions, policies and programs
  • Protection of the most vulnerable
  • Harm relative to alcohol and other drugs
  • Public health implications of edibles
 
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
 
1:00 - 2:00
Retail: Private Versus Provincially Operated Stores- Focus on Municipal Issues
Who can work in the cannabis industry?
Brenna Boonstra, Director, Quality and Regulatory Consulting, Cannabis Compliance Inc.
  • The retail models - private and provincial
  • Will cities have any influence on where retail stores are allowed?
  • Security clearances and other regulatory requirements – who will check and enforce these requirements?
  • Impact of criminal convictions
  • Additional requirements for those employed in the cannabis industry
  • Anticipated issues with the sale of edibles
  • Other issues relevant to retail ope
 
2:00 - 3:00
Police, Fire, Emergency Services and By-Law Enforcement: What Worries Me About Edibles Is &helip;
Guy Gusdal, Manager Bylaw Services, Community Services Department, City of North Vancouver
Kash Heed, Heed Consulting Inc., Former Chief of Police, West Vancouver Police Department, Former Solicitor General, Province of British Columbia
Sgt Jeffrey Karran Federal Policing Criminal Operations, Serious and Organized Crime, RCMP

This panel will discuss policing issues relating to flowers and oils before moving on to the edibles. You can’t smell or see smoke with edibles so it’s harder to detect. It kicks in later and lasts longer. What will edibles mean for police, fire, emergency and by-law enforcement officers charged with making sure edibles stay out of the local bakery, do not increase drugged driving, result in more emergency calls, or escalate the need for enforcement of other regulations.

  • Bill C-46 and strengthened regulations around impaired driving
  • Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code and other legislation
  • New criminal offences
  • Police training for detection of drug impaired driving
  • 12-Step Drug Evaluation Test - what’s involved in expert identification of impaired drivers
  • Right to request samples
  • Enforcement involving drug impaired driving, possession, public consumption, illegal storefronts, the illicit market
  • Issues with roadside drug testing
  • Powers of investigation, search and seizure
  • Need for dedicated enforcement resources
  • Are there different tell-tale signs for edibles’ intoxication?
  • Consuming edibles at work, in public places
  • Concerns for fire services
 
3:00 - 3:15        Networking Break
 
3:15 - 4:15
Budget Issues: Taxation and Revenue
Dr Kerry Jang, Professor, UBC, Former City Councillor, City of Vancouver
  • Costs of set up and fixed costs
  • Regulatory impact analysis
  • Methods for determining how much legalizing marijuana has cost your city
  • Staffing costs
  • Costs of public education, public engagement, staff training administration and enforcement
 
4:15        End of Day Two
 
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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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