Day 1: The New Cannabis Landscape 2018

Course Date: June 7, 2018

Total: 5h 9min

Welcome and Introduction 

John W. Conroy, QC — Conroy & Company, Abbotsford

What Is Canabis Marijuana? The Essentials 
An Overview and Primer

  • botany
  • pharmacology
  • acute and other impacts

Jonathan Page, PhD — Adjunct Professor, Department of Botany, University of BC, Vancouver


Cannabis in Canada: The Past, Present, and Proposed Future 

History of Prohibition to Date — Constitutional and Criminal Law

  • the past to the present from 1908 to 2018 and some cases along the way

John W. Conroy, QC — Conroy & Company, Abbotsford 

Canada's Public Health Approach to the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis 

  • the Federal Government's public health approach towards a new legislative and regulatory framework

via video link
Nicholas McCandie Glustien — Associate Director, Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch, Health Canada, Ottawa
John Morales
Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, Ottawa 

Networking Lunch

Cannabis Regulation in BC — Representatives from BC's Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat

In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced the Cannabis Act and amendments to the Criminal Code to address cannabis impaired driving with plants to legalize non-medical cannabis in Canada. While the proposed Cannabis Act provides for the federal government to regulate production, provinces and territories will have the authority to regulate certain aspects like minimum age, public consumption, personal cultivation, possession limits, distribution, retail, and a range of other matters. Provincial staff will provide an update on BC's proposed regulatory framework for legalized non-medical cannabis.

David Poore — Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria 
Mary Shaw — Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat, Victoria


Local Government Issues Arising: The Role and Impact on Local Governments 

  • zoning
  • business licensing and regulation
  • health and safety issues
  • Board of Variance applications and judicial reviews
  • the Vancouver injunction enforcement test case and other litigation filed by local governments against dispensaries

Sukhbir Manhas — Young Anderson, Vancouver

Q & A Closing Panel 

John W. Conroy, QC — Conroy & Company, Abbotsford 
Kirk I. Tousaw — Tousaw Law Corporation, Duncan