24 Sep The Legalization of Cannabis: A Panel Discussion
SYDNEY, N.S.- The Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC) is hosting a panel discussion on the legalization of cannabis and what the business community needs to know. This event will feature information and education about the legalization of cannabis in Canada, including the implications it has on local businesses and steps businesses can take to be prepared. The event will be over lunch (provided) on October 2, from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront.
The panel will be moderated by Wendy Bergfeldt, host of Mainstreet Cape Breton, CBC. The panelists include: Tim Pellerin, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NSLC; Guy LaFosse, QC Trial Lawyer, LaFosse MacLeod; Scott Nauss, Senior Director of Inspection and Compliance, Occupational Health and Safety; Chief Peter McIsaac
, Cape Breton Regional Police Service; David Burton, Co-Founder of Headland Cultivation Company; and Patti Merrigan, Human Resources Professional, Director of Human Resources at CBU.
The panel will cover a host of questions including the type of cannabis products that will be sold and the different products, the implications on the employers as well as the employees, what is an employers obligation to accommodate this new legislation, how will medicinal vs. recreational use be treated, what is the biggest thing that businesses aren’t considering; and what are an employee’s rights when it comes to the use of cannabis, etc.
Canada is only the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation to permit a nationwide cannabis market. In the United States, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational cannabis use, and 30 allow for medical use. Uruguay was the first country to legalize cannabis production, sale and consumption in December 2013.
Canadian provinces and territories are responsible for drafting their own rules for marijuana sales. Nova Scotia has outlined their rules and regulations online. The act to legalize the recreational use of cannabis was first introduced on April 13, 2017, and was later passed at the House of Commons in November 2017. The Senate passage of the bill was the final hurdle in the process.