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Emerging Municipal Issues in Cannabis Regulation

New Edibles Regulations, New Economic Opportunities & 8-Month Review

June 4 - 5, 2019  ·  Calgary, Alberta
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:15 - 10:00
Federal Government Update: 8 Month Review
  • Facts, stats and impressions of what has transpired over the last 8 months
  • Impact of legalization on municipalities, the black market, health and safety of Canadians
  • Introduction of edibles regulations
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:00
New Edibles Regulations

Opportunities for cannabis companies abound when it comes to edibles. Based on negative experiences in other jurisdictions we know that well-thought-out regulation is a must. This session will dissect the new regulations to provide greater practical understanding of the challenges ahead.

  • Should cannabis be treated as a drug or a food product when it comes to safety?
  • What are the regulatory options?
  • Will edibles fit into the existing framework?
  • Impact on the black market if edibles are not included in the regulatory scheme
  • Anticipated impacts and needs of communities
  • What roles do the three levels of government play in regulating Cannabis and how are they changing?
  • Why relationships and co-ordination are important
11:00 - 12:30
Experience and Lesson Learned in Other Jurisdictions

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 when wrong?
  • Resulting statistics
  • Health and safety concerns
  • What they learned
  • What the police learned
  • Steps taken to deal specifically with edibles
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:30
Impact of Edibles and Update on Planning, Zoning, Licencing and Economic Development
  • Scope and jurisdiction of municipal planning authority to regulate cannabis
  • Planning concerns in determining location for production, operation facilities, retail stores
  • Federal licensing of growing operations and role of municipalities
  • Provincial and municipal roles in retail
  • Implementing zoning regulations: how are municipalities keeping up?
  • What concern is there for businesses establishing legal non-conforming uses?
  • Challenges arising in attempting to zone cannabis related uses?
  • Impact of zoning and licensing on economic development
  • Impact of edibles
  • Parameters of public consumption for cannabis and cannabis edibles
  • Impacts on neighbourhoods
  • What can be done to address community concerns?
2:30 - 2:45        Networking Break
2:45 - 3:45
Policing, Emergency Services, By Law Enforcement and Preparation for Edibles
  • Review and update on changes in the law
  • Review of police enforcement for
    • Possession over
    • Home cultivation
    • Underage use
    • Public consumption
  • Impaired driving
    • Stats, facts and emerging trends
    • Training and technology to tackle drug-impaired driving
    • Will charges stick?
  • Role of by-Law enforcement and co-ordination with police services
  • Responding to nuisance complaints like second hand smoke
3:45 - 4:00        Networking Break
4:00 - 5:00
The Science Behind Why Edibles Are More Dangerous Than Flowers

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.

5:00        End of Day One
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The legalization of cannabis has been far from a smooth roll-out. Municipalities are still left 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 still surrounded by unanswered questions.

You will learn what you can expect with legalization of edibles, 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 cannabis at the workplace. Experts from large and small municipalities in a variety of provinces will explain how they are dealing with land use planning and zoning and business licensing. 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 economic benefits of the 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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