This conference would be a good learning experience for anyone sitting on a complaint or discipline committee. - Assistant to the Registrar, College of Physicians
and Surgeons of PEI

Cannabis and Indigenous Communities

What you need to know before you take the plunge

April 2 - 3, 2019  ·  Vancouver, BC
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Suzanne Jackson, Legal Counsel, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
9:15 - 10:15
Maximizing the Fiscal and Economic Benefits of the Cannabis Industry for Interested First Nations
Norm Lavallee, Economist, Fiscal Realities

Ottawa and the provinces have reached a deal on divvying up the tax revenue from legal cannabis sales. The failure to consult Indigenous peoples was noted by many First Nations leaders and the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC). They advanced some proposed changes to right this wrong and there is an expectation that change is in the offing. Find out:

  • The impact of unclear First Nation cannabis jurisdiction on the legal cannabis market in Canada
  • The importance of First Nation cannabis jurisdiction for cannabis businesses, First Nation entrepreneurs and First Nation governments
  • The specific changes required to the cannabis framework to support First Nations in maximizing the fiscal and economic benefits of tax and regulatory jurisdiction
  • Why interested First Nations are vying to develop their own coordinated distribution system and a First Nation stamp
  • The AFN resolution in support of these proposed changes
  • Progress on these FNTC proposed tax and regulatory jurisdiction changes
  • How you can help advance these proposed changes
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:15
Drafting Laws for a Two-Tiered Licensing System Harmonized with Health Canada
Suzanne Jackson, Legal Counsel, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
  • The drafting and reviewing process applied in developing the laws
  • Working with the Federal Government
11:15 - 12:15
Cowichan Tribe's Experience in the Cannabis Market
Jodee Dick, Land Manager and Economic Development Advisor, Cowichan Tribes
Melissa Tokarek, Associate Manager, Lulumexun (Lands and Governance Department), Cowichan Tribes
Phil Floucault, President Costa Canna
  • Rationale for going into the cannabis business
  • Estimated return on investment?
  • What is involved in getting started in the cannabis industry?
  • What are the roadblocks
  • What’s required to be successful
  • Next steps
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:00
The Importance of Cannabis Education: Improving the Decision-Making Skills of Youth
Dan Reist, Assistant Director, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, University of Victoria

This session will explore:

  • How we think about drugs and drug use
  • Supporting healthier relationships with cannabis
  • The role for schools in educating youth
  • The role of industry and the community in public education
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:15
Determining Potency and Purity of Cannabis
John Coleman, President , Anandia Laboratories Inc.
  • What is involved in determining potency and purity?
  • Importance of ensuring accurate dosage
  • Can you classify products by chemical composition?
  • How do you determine how much should be in one serving?
  • Will testing be the bottleneck in getting your 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
3:15 - 4:00
Protecting Your Children versus Effectively Marketing Your Product: Can You Do Both?
Karen Parent, Chief Quality & Compliance Officer and Quality Assurance, Zenabis

Health Canada’s Advertising Prohibitions are designed to keep the product out of the hands of children. But do they go too far? Receive what you need to know including:

  • Packaging, labelling, warning requirements
  • What advertising/marketing is prohibited
  • What can you say about a product?
  • Branding and Promotion Industry Guidelines/Government proposals
  • What if you focus on why your product is better and safer
  • Can you prevent overconsumption? Ensure consistency? Ensure quality?
  • When, where, how and to whom can you advertise directly?
  • Can you promote your product through education?
  • When is education prohibited as promotion?
4:00        End of Day Two



The legalization of cannabis in Canada has brought with it a conundrum for the indigenous peoples. A tough decision now faces you: do you want to get involved in this sector as an additional source of revenue or should you not get involved in a not-so-stabilised industry?

Infonex’s Cannabis & Indigenous Communities event in Vancouver is designed to tackle the very many issues and opportunities that the cannabis sector poses with a focus on:

  • Jurisdictional issues between the province and you
  • Impact on vulnerable groups already dealing with addictions
  • Law enforcement of record?
  • Policies and processes involved
  • Partnering with licensed producers

Our two-day training event, led by industry experts in the cannabis industry, aims to decode the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for you should you choose to engage with this booming sector.

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