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 Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Alanna Sokic, Research Analyst, Global Public Affairs, GPA Cannabis
9:15 - 10:15
Public Health Prevention of Problematic Substance Use
Pamela Ponic, PhD, Senior Manager, Prevention of Problematic Substance Use,Centre for Health Promotion, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Karen Patte, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Brock University
David Somppi, Chair of Planet Youth Lanark County
Anita Dubey, Manager of Research Dissemination and Outreach at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

The Public Health Agency of Canada will lead a panel discussion on resources for public health professionals on cannabis use and prevention of problematic substance use amongst youth in Canada.

10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:15
What Municipal Regulators Should Know About Reporting, Compliance and Security Requirements
David Hyde, President, 3|Sixty Secure Corp
  • Security requirements for dried flowers, oils and edibles
  • When would a municipal regulator be required to take action for inadequate security?
  • What would a municipal or other regulatory official need to know about security?
  • Is security a by-law enforcement matter? A police matter?
  • Need for policies and processes for meeting security requirements
  • Need for a security plan, security alarm contract, 24/7 contact information, list of employees, police information checks
  • Words of warning
11:15 - 12:00
Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies for Municipal and Public Employees including “Fit for Duty”
Michael Sherrard, Partner, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
  • What has been the impact of legalized cannabis on employees, employers and organizations
  • Are your policies and procedures doing the job they are supposed to?
  • Do employees have a proper understanding of the rules?
  • Impact on safety sensitive positions
  • Recent cases
  • Drug testing: Is the employee drug impaired?
  • What is “fit for duty” with police, fire, ambulance and other city employees
  • Potential challenges
  • Difficulty assessing an individual’s impairment from cannabis as compared to alcohol
  • Difficulty precisely determining what constitutes impairment
  • Anticipated impact of edible
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 1:45
Cannabis Edibles Will Be Available October 2019! What Municipallities Need to Know
Andrew Parshad, President and Founder of Cannabis License Experts, Quality Smart Solutions and Quality IMPORT Solutions
1:45 - 2:30
Promotion Prohibitions under the Cannabis Act
Marie-Claude Vachon, Manager, Compliance Promotion and Policy, Health Canada
  • What promotions are prohibited?
  • What is false promotion?
  • Prohibitions relating to Publications, Sponsorships, Naming of Buildings used for sports or cultural events, Inducements
  • Informational and brand preference promotion
  • Promotion at point of sale
  • Promotion by displaying brand elements
  • Other relevant Acts and regulations
  • Who assesses compliance and how is it assessed
  • Enforcement and penalties
2:30 - 2:45        Networking Break
2:45 - 3:30
Preventing Land Use Conflict Between Production and Processing Facilities and Sensitive Land Uses
Mat Vaughan, Principal Planner, Norfolk County
  • Looking to the future of tourism and on-farm diversified use
  • What happens when residential dwellings are next to production facilities and there are health concerns
  • Cannabis - traditional agriculture or industrial pharmaceutical?
3:30 - 4:30
The Need for a Clear Framework for Cost Sharing
Tim Stiles, Policy Advisor, Policy and Government Relations, Canadian Federation of Municipalities

Cities are on the front lines in the legalization of cannabis. We are responsible for policing the new environment, as well as for managing zoning, retail locations, home cultivation, business licensing and regulations around public consumption. The big question is how will federal taxes collected on cannabis sales trickle down?

  • Overview of the current federal excise tax framework
  • Cost savings vs. expenditures
  • Limited municipal revenue generation
  • What kind of operational burdens will be downloaded to municipalities because of Cannabis legalization?
  • Other potential funding sources to address municipal costs
4:30        End of Day Two



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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