Municipal Issues (and Opportunities) 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
Cannabis and Public Health
Michelle Kilborn PhD, AHS Cannabis Project Coordinator, Alberta Health Services
Brent Friesen, Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health Services
10:00 - 10:15 Networking Break
10:15 - 11:00
In’s and Out’s of New Edibles Regulations
Alexis Moulton, Partner, McLennan Ross LLP
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.
- Types of cannabis products available
- Are cannabis edibles a drug or a food product when it comes to safety?
- How do the regulations fit into the existing framework?
- Impact on the black market
- Should we anticipate a flood or edibles on the market?
- What’s allowed, what’s not?
- THC limit
- Product rules
- Packaging Guidelines
- Restrictions on marketing and advertising
- Health and safety restrictions/li>
11:00 - 12:00
Experience and Lessons Learned in Seattle Washington
John Schochet, Deputy City Attorney, City of Seattle
In Seattle, 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 we learned
- Steps taken to deal specifically with edibles
12:00 - 1:00 Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Impact of Cannabis and Cannabis Edibles on Planning, Zoning and Licensing
Matthew Zabloski, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards
Monty Killoh, Business License Inspector, City of St. Albert
Liz Stephenson, Chief Administrative Officer, Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba
- Scope and jurisdiction of municipal planning authority to regulate cannabis
- Local option plebiscite provisions to prohibit cannabis retail stores
- 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?
2:00 - 2:15 Networking Break
2:15 - 3:15
Impaired Driving, By-Law Enforcement and More
Michael Moll, Lawyer, Young Anderson
Corporal Richard Nowak, Drug Recognition Expert Provincial Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
This session will:
- Compare : Alcohol to cannabis for metrics of sobriety evaluation
- Provide: Canadian context of impaired driving and traffic safety: Past and present
- Define: Methods of drug impairment testing: Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), Approved Drug Screening Equipment (ADSE)
- Outline: New impaired driving laws: recent advancements
- What matters are in police hands
- What matters are bylaw enforcement officers expected to address?
- What powers and tools will be provided to police and bylaw enforcement to ensure everyone obeys the rules?
- How will police and bylaw enforcement officers work together?
- What impact will illicit cannabis have?
3:15 - 4:00
How Edibles Will Change Cannabis Use and Why Edibles Are Potentially More Dangerous Than Flowers
Dr. Keith Sharkey, PhD, CAGF, FCAHS, Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Calgary, Member, Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases
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, variability of impact and potential impact on children and vulnerable persons. This presentation will address the following questions:
- What is cannabis and how is it consumed?
- What is the difference between smoked and eaten cannabis on the body?
- Where and how does cannabis act in the body?
- What are the potential harms of consuming cannabis?
4:00 End of Day One