A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on. - Associate Vice-President, Financial Services
University of Saskatchewan
2nd Annual Event!

New Municipal Issues in Cannabis Regulation

Key Insights, Critical Information: A Specialized Forum For Municipal Regulators 6 Months In

April 16 - 17, 2019 · Toronto, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
The Honourable Darrell Dexter, Former Premier of Nova Scotia, Vice Chair Global Public Affairs, GPA Cannabis
Alanna Sokic, Research Analyst, Global Public Affairs, GPA Cannabis
9:15 - 9:45
Federal Update
Mike McGuire, Director, Medical Access and Special Authorizations, Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
  • Post-legalization developments and update
  • What has transpired over the last 6 months?
  • The expected and the unexpected
  • Our goals and how we are meeting them
9:45 - 10:45
What’s New in Federal, Provincial and Municipal Government Roles and Responsibilities?
Moderator: The Honourable Darrell Dexter, Former Premier of Nova Scotia, Vice Chair Global Public Affairs, GPA Cannabis
Mike McGuire, Director, Medical Access and Special Authorizations, Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Tim Stiles, Policy Advisor, Policy and Government Relations, Canadian Federation of Municipalities
  • Developments at the federal, provincial and municipal level
  • Successful collaboration - what has been required to ensure safe and effective legalization?
  • Role of each level of government
  • Provincial diversity
  • Revenue sharing
10:45 - 11:00        Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00
Land Use Planning and Zoning for Cannabis: Challenges and Opportunities
Signe Leisk, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Matthew Zabloski, Business Strategist, City of Calgary
Alan R. Theobald, Acting Project Manager, Zoning, City of Toronto
Tom Zworski, City Solicitor, Office of the City Solicitor, City of Victoria
Mat Vaughan, Principal Planner, Norfolk County
  • Scope and jurisdiction of municipal planning authority to regulate cannabis
  • What are the planning concerns being examined in determining the appropriate location for production and operation facilities and retail stores?
  • What steps are being taken to implement zoning regulations; how are municipalities keeping up?
  • What concern is there for businesses establishing legal non-conforming uses?
  • What challenges have arisen in attempting to zone cannabis related uses?
  • What can be done to address community concerns?
  • What role does planning and zoning play in home cultivation?
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Update on Private and Provincially Run Retail Recreational Cannabis Stores Business Licensing, By-Law Enforcement and Compliance
Moderator: Whitney Abrams, Lawyer, Minden Gross
Tom Zworski, City Solicitor, Office of the City Solicitor, City of Victoria
Matthew Zabloski, Business Strategist, City of Calgary
Kathryn Kolbuch Holm, Director, Licensing & Community Standards, Chief Licence Inspector, City of Vancouver
Alanna Sokic, Research Analyst, Global Public Affairs, GPA Cannabis
  • Number and role of private retailers versus provincially operated stores
  • Update on licensing
  • Two-tier licensing
  • Action against illegal storefronts and other by-law enforcement issues
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:15
Policing and Related Issues
Moderator: Jim Walker, Deputy Director, Central Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police
Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police, Waterloo Regional Police Service
Chris Gilpin, Superintendent – Director of Provincial Traffic, Marine and Trail Operations, Ontario Provincial Police
  • Has there been an increase in impaired driving arrests?
  • Update re, roadside testing and training of experts
  • Challenges police could face in laying charges for pot-impaired driving
  • Impact of increased demand for blood sample analysis
  • Retail sales and illegal pop-ups
  • Impact on organized crime
  • Financial impact on police budgets
  • Public consumption or consuming in public?
3:15 - 4:15
Impact of Cannabis on Users and Non-Users
Pamela Kaufman, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Dr. Pamela Leece, Public Health Physician, Public Health Ontario
  • Impact of 2nd hand smoke
  • Addictiveness and allergies
  • Short and long-term effects
  • Impact on seniors and risk of heart attack, strokes etc.
  • Can cannabis trigger schizophrenia
  • Does cannabis help with anxiety and depression
4:15 - 4:45
Inundated with 2nd Hand Smoke Complaints - How Will You Respond: What You Need to Know About Condos, Apartments and Houses
Rodrigue Escayola, Partner, Gowlings
Karen Andrews, Staff Lawyer, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
  • Where one can and cannot smoke cannabis
  • Can you prevent people from smoking in their apartments or condos?
  • The law for municipalities that are fielding complaints
4:45        End of Day One



Cannabis legalization has arrived, with all the challenges it continues to pose to municipalities in Canada. Municipalities continue to be responsible for a smooth roll-out to the public, with significant work still 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 feeling the pressure of these changes.

INFONEX's two-day program Municipal Issues in the Legalization of Cannabis, will be the ideal forum for discussing and sharing ideas with others to help you move forward without wasting time or spinning your wheels. A faculty of experienced government officials from all the relevant areas will share their insights on what's working effectively and what's not. U.S cities who have made the journey will draw on their experience to help you benefit from what they have learned along the way so you can avoid potential missteps and proceed in timely fashion.

You will learn what you can expect going forward, as well as lessons learned to date, 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 marijuana at the workplace. Experts from U.S. cities and large and small municipalities in a variety of provinces will explain how they are dealing with land use planning and zoning and business licensing (including government-run, private retail or a mixed retail model depending on the province's choice.) 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 benefits of this important change in 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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