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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 Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:15 - 10:15
Educating the Public on the Anticipated Impact of Cannabis and Cannabis Edibles
  • What resources are available to assist you in educating the public?
  • What are the key messages?
  • How best to deliver these messages
  • Different delivery options for parents, children, teens, adults and seniors
  • How do you measure effectiveness?
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:00
Impact Of Edibles & Other Products On Number Of Users & Patterns Of Use
  • Emerging patient and consumer preferences, products and trends
  • Findings in other jurisdictions
  • Smoking vs. vaping vs. extracts, capsules, dabbing, beverages, creams, nasal /sublingual sprays and more
  • Beverages and edibles
11:00 - 12:00
Determining Potency and Purity in Edibles
  • What is involved in determining potency and purity of edibles?
  • Importance of ensuring accurate dosage
  • Can you classify products by chemical composition?
  • How do you determine how much one serving should be?
  • Will testing be the bottleneck in getting product on the market?
  • 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
  • Creative and technical expertise required to achieve the desired sensory and performance attributes
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 1:30
Can We Capitalize on Cannabis As A Boon to Economic Development?
  • Benefits versus disadvantages of cannabis as a major industry in cities and provinces
  • Cannabis industry as job generator
  • Impact of over or under supply
  • What does the industry need to flourish while managing risk?
  • Anticipated impact on government coffers
  • Will legal markets be competitive?
1:30 - 2:30
What Cannabis Companies Are Looking For In Selecting Their Venues: The Info Cities Need to Compete for Business
  • What’s the most important factor for organizations seeking a venue?
  • Special needs of the cannabis industry
  • Priorities for growers, processors, extractors and retailers
2:30 - 2:45        Networking Break
2:45 - 3:45
Panel: Economic Development in Leading Municipalities
  • Role of municipalities in supporting the cannabis business
  • Determining unique identifying factors that will make your municipality a good choice for cannabis operations
  • How to support cannabis businesses so they prosper and grow
  • Role of attraction campaigns
  • How do you track and measure success over the long term
3:45 - 4:45
Revenue Sharing Frameworks: Operational and Cost Implications
  • Impact of cannabis regulation throughout 17 municipal departments
  • Will local tax-payers be on the hook?
  • Cost of additional policing resources
  • Municipal administration costs (land use regulation, business licensing, administrative enforcement, fire prevention, health and education.)
  • How are excise tax revenues in the provincial coffers filtering down to municipalities?
  • Comparisons to how US municipalities receive funds
  • What frameworks exist to ensure that municipalities get full coverage of costs, nationwide?
  • Preliminary versus actual costs to date
4:30        End of Day Two
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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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