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Regulating Cannabis Edibles

A Specialized Forum for Municipal, Provincial and Federal Regulators and the Cannabis Industry

October 22 - 23, 2019  ·  Toronto, Ontario
 
   
 
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
 
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Shayne Turner, Director, By-Law Enforcement, City of Waterloo
 
9:15 - 10:00
Deep Dive Into The New Edibles Regulations: Points of Contention
Ashley Chiu, Cannabis Strategic Growth and Risk Leader, EY
  • Overview of the legislation
  • Edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, cannabis topicals
  • Limits on additives and THC
  • Limits on marketing and advertising, packaging and labelling
  • Production processes
  • The need for separate facilities for cannabis edibles
  • Compliance with public possession rules
  • Where and why is the cannabis industry pushing back?
  • Will the regulations allow the cannabis industry to thrive?
  • Will restrictions on processing and manufacturing be a disincentive to opening or expanding cannabis businesses?
 
10:00 - 10:45
Differences Between Medical and Recreational Cannabis Regimes: The Patient's Perspective
Chris Nyberg, Co-Chair, Blakes' Cannabis Group
  • The Cannabis Act versus The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation
  • Differences and similarities between recreational and medical cannabis including:
    • Age of consumption
    • Accessibility – where and from whom can you purchase product?
    • Where and by whom the product is grown
    • Limits on possession
    • Places of consumption
    • Testing
    • Pricing and impact of shortages
    • Variety
  • Should there be two distinct systems?
  • Is there sufficient product for medicinal use?/Recreational use?
 
10:45 - 11:00        Networking Break
 
11:00 - 12:00
Current Evidence for Therapeutic Use of Cannabis
Dr. Jason Busse, Associate Director, Michael G. De Groote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, McMaster University
  • Effect of cannabis on the body
  • Delivery methods: Cigarettes, pipes, vaporizors, edibles, oils, patch, salve
  • Acute and chronic effects (positive and negative)
  • New formulations and escalation in THC (wax, shatter, butter, hash oil extracts etc.)
  • Risks and harms compared to cigarettes, alcohol etc.
  • Current patterns of therapeutic cannabis use
  • Evidence of harms and benefits
  • Areas of emerging evidence
  • Impact on cognition and impulsivity
  • Developmental concerns
 
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
 
1:00 - 2:00
Engaging Consumers with a Harm Reduction Approach
Daniel Bear, Professor, Faculty of Social and Community Services, Humber College
  • What does a public health oriented regulatory framework for cannabis look like?
  • How will Cannabis 2.0 products impact consumption patterns and what should encourage?
  • What do young cannabis consumers know, need to know, and who do they trust to deliver that information.
  • How can we reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of cannabis use
  • What are the elements of a harm reduction program designed to mitigate the harms associated with non-medical cannabis
 
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
 
2:15 - 3:00
Purity, Potency and Testing of Cannabis and Cannabis Edibles: What Happens When You Cook It?
Sohil Mana, President, Eurofins Experchem Laboratories Inc.
  • Regulatory Requirements to successfully become a Processor of Cannabis Edibles
  • Current and proposed regulations
    • What is required to file an application with Health Canada
    • Requests for more Information (RMIs) from Health Canada 
  • Will edibles be classified as food, drug or NHP?
  • Impact of high processing temperatures, cooking or baking
  • How stable is THC?
  • Testing requirements for edibles
  • Required tests for food containing cannabis
  • Challenges and considerations from proper sampling to using properly validated methods
 
3:00 - 4:00
Cannabis Industry Viewpoints on Cannabis and Cannabis Edibles Regulations: Why You Need to Understand Today's New Cannabis Culture
Moderator: Alanna Sokic, Senior Consultant, Global Public Affairs
Lisa Campbell, CEO, Lifford Cannabis Solutions, Co-Chair, Ontario Cannabis Consumer & Retail Alliance
Alex Revich, Director, Partner Development, Flowr
Ilya Serebryany, Founder and CEO, Loosh Inc
Andrea Paine, Director of Government Relations, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Hear how top cannabis companies are managing with the new regulations Will the new regulations help or hurt the burgeoning new industry and the distinct new cannabis culture emerging around cannabis edibles and beverages?

  • How has the perception of cannabis changed through the years?
  • What does "cannabis gone mainstream" mean?
  • The new cannabis culture
  • Where do edibles fit in?
  • How will cannabis and cannabis edibles regulations impact the new industry
  • What are the roadblocks to a thriving cannabis industry in Canada
  • Expectations for the future
 
4:00        End of Day One
 
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As we enter the second phase of cannabis legalization with the introduction of cannabis edibles, topicals, beverages and concentrates we face new challenges: New products, market expansion, edibles that metabolize differently, kick in later and last longer, increased concern about unintentional consumption by children and over consumption by adults impatient to feel the effects.

The stakes are high. Once again, municipal officials and other regulators are on the front line. From increased impaired driving accidents and fatalities, to the impact on the black market, and the potential impact on vulnerable populations, there's no telling what the consequences of a failure to effectively regulate cannabis will be. You need to take all necessary steps to be prepared – and that means acquiring the best information anywhere available.

That's why we created Infonex's program Stage 2 - Regulating Cannabis Edibles: A Specialized Forum for Municipal and Other Regulators. This is an opportunity to hear the foremost experts on the key issues and receive the most up-to-date information possible.

Topics covered will include: new and expanding product lines; the tremendous expansion in the cannabis market; the new cannabis culture; differences between recreational and medicinal regimes; a deep dive into the edibles regulations and industry viewpoints on the impact the regulations will have on the emerging cannabis industry in Canada; planning, zoning, licensing, of cannabis and cannabis edible production facilities and retail; problems that can arise with home cultivation; evidence-based research on cannabis and cannabis edibles; policing issues including potential challenges to impaired driving charges; stats and facts on the black market, how it operates, adequacy of clearances and background checks, impact of shortages; and finally, in light of the new edibles market, a reconsideration of the potential for lounges and restaurants.

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