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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 Two Program Agenda: Wednesday October 23, 2019
   
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks from the Day Two Chair
 
9:15 - 10:15
Planning, Zoning, Licensing, Cannabis and Cannabis Edibles- Production Facilities and Retail
Moderator: Signe Leisk, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Steve Robichaud, Director, Planning & Chief Planner, City of Hamilton
Iain Dixon, Lawyer, City of Vancouver
Greg Engel, Chief Executive Officer, Organigram Inc.
  • Overview of regulations
  • Scope of municipal authority and jurisdiction of municipalities
  • Regulation of public consumption for cannabis and cannabis edibles
  • Federal licensing of growing operations - do municipalities have a role?
  • Role of Municipalities in regulating retail stores
    • Role of municipalities in home cultivation
    • Options for land-use by-law amendments
  • Enforcement against illegal storefronts – authorities and approach
  • How municipalities handle complaints about:
    • Proximity of cannabis production facilities and stores to sensitive uses
      • Use of cannabis on private property
  • Impact of zoning and licensing regulations and by-laws on cannabis producers and retailers
 
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
 
10:30 - 11:30
Impaired Driving, By-Law Enforcement and Complaint Management: What Worries Us About Edibles Is ...
Rachel Huggins, Deputy Director – Executive Lead, Cannabis Legalization Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau | Ontario Provincial Police
Shayne Turner, Director, By-Law Enforcement, City of Waterloo
Mark Sraga, Director, Investigation Services, City of Toronto
Other speakers TBA

What will edibles mean for police and by-law enforcement officers charged with making sure edibles stay out of the local bakery; do not increase impaired driving; do not result in more emergency calls, or escalate the need for enforcement of other regulations.

  • New offences – criminal and civil
  • What is within the purview of by-law enforcement officers vs. police
  • Police training for detection of drug impaired driving
  • Drug recognition experts
  • Are there unique tell-tale signs for edibles' intoxication?
  • Enforcement involving drug impaired driving, possession, public consumption, illegal storefronts, the illicit market
  • Roadside drug testing
  • Powers of investigation, search and seizure
  • Need for dedicated enforcement resources and attributable costs
 
11:30 - 12:15
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
 
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
 
1:15 - 2:00
How the Defence Bar Will Challenge Impaired Driving Charges Based On Cannabis
Jonathan Rosenthal, Criminal Lawyer
  • How the defence bar views impaired driving charges for cannabis
  • Expected challenges
  • Accuracy of tests including Drager DrugTest 5000
  • Reliability of Drug Recognition Experts
 
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
 
2:15 - 3:15
Eastern and Western Perspectives on Cannabis and Cannabis Edibles
Iain Dixon, Lawyer, City of Vancouver
Greg Engel, Chief Executive Officer, Organigram Inc.
  • Important developments to date
  • How is the cannabis industry doing in the west
  • Specific issues and concerns
  • Opportunities and challenges with respect to edibles
 
3:15 - 4:00
Are Cannabis Lounges and Restaurants in Our Future?
Chad Finkelstein, Partner, Dale & Lessmann LLP
Lisa Campbell, CEO, Lifford Cannabis Solutions, Co-Chair, Ontario Cannabis Consumer & Retail Alliance
Alanna Sokic, Senior Consultant, Global Public Affairs
  • What lies down the road
  • Are there lounges in Toronto?
  • What are the regulatory challenges?
  • Impact of lounges and restaurants in the U.S
  • Are problems in lounges the same as those in bars?
  • What duty of care will restaurants and lounges owe to customers?
 
4:00        End of Day Two
 
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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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