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
Pricing and impact of shortages
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
Best, Most Up-to-Date, Evidence-Based Research on Cannabis and Cannabis Edibles
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
Harm Reduction and Vulnerable Populations
Jenna Valleriani, Chief Executive Officer - National Institute For Cannabis Health & Education (NICHE); Former Post Doctoral Fellow, BCCSU
- What does a public health oriented regulatory framework for cannabis look like?
- Have we achieved it?
- 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
- The goal: promoting safety, preventing death and disability, and supporting safer use for the health and safety of all individuals, families and communities.
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, Research Analyst, Global Public Affairs
Brett Moon, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Weed MD
Lisa Campbell, CEO, Lifford Cannabis Solutions, Chair, Ontario Cannabis Consumer & Retail Alliance
Alex Revich, Director, Partner Development, Flowr
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