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Municipal Issues (and Opportunities) 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 - 10:00
Understanding the Cannabis Black Market
Kash Heed, Principal, Heed Consulting, Former Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, British Columbia, Former Chief of Police, West Vancouver Police Department
  • Stats and facts on the black market
  • Examples of how the black market operates
  • Impact of shortages
  • Is the black market moving to an online business model?
  • Are security clearances and background checks adequate?
  • Can we unequivocally establish security clearances are really valid?
  • How do we know who stands behind opaque companies with complex structures?
  • Money laundering
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:00
Determining Potency and Purity in Edibles
Dr. Raimar Löbenberg, Katz Group, Rexall Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research, University of Alberta
  • 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
11:00 - 11:30
Can We Capitalize on Cannabis As A Boon to Economic Development?
Dr. Fiona Clement, Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • 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?
11:30 - 12:15
Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies for Municipal and Public Employees including “Fit for Duty”
Tim Mitchell, Partner, McLennan Ross 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
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
What Municipalities Are Doing to Attract Cannabis Businesses: What Are Entrepreneurs Looking For?
Steve Grande, Sales Associate, RE/MAX
Ryan Palmquist, Executive Assistant to City Councillor Matt Allard, Winnipeg
Nathan Mison, VP of Government and Stakeholder Relations, Fire and Flower
Rod Valdes, Director, Economic Development, City of St. Albert
  • 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
  • Priorities for growers, processors, extractors and retailers
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:15
What Does It Mean to Have Cannabis Growers in Your Own Back-Yard: Sundial Growers and the Town of Olds
Constable Len Stefaniuk, Alcohol and Drug Recognition Unit, Calgary Police Service
Claire Buffone-Blair, Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations, Sundial
Mayor Michael Muzychka, Mayor, Town of Olds
  • Why Olds was a good choice for Sundial
  • What efforts did Olds make to attract Sundial?
  • Impact of Sundial on Olds
  • How Olds has benefited from the presence of their new largest employer
  • Demonstrations of Sundial’s good corporate citizenship
  • Myths dispelled
3:15 - 4:00
Revenue Sharing Frameworks: Operational and Cost Implications
Matthew Zabloski, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards
Ryan Palmquist, Executive Assistant to City Councillor Matt Allard, Winnipeg
  • Impact of cannabis regulation throughout 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
4:00        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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