On Thursday (April 11) the Kootenay United Cannabis Association (KUCA), in cooperation with the Regional District of Central Kootenay, will host the Kootenay/Columbia Symposium at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson.
The Symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The industry stakeholder event will identify barriers in transitioning to the regulated cannabis economy, and examine potential options moving forward for local businesses.
The Kootenay United Cannabis Association advocates, educates and promotes on behalf of the regional industry.
KUCA aims to bring together a diverse crowd of stakeholders, policy influencers, industry professionals and academics to identify the current challenges in transitioning to the cannabis economy and explore how best to address these obstacles. Several levels of government representatives, both provincially and federally, have committed to attending this one day symposium to engage local stakeholders.
Confirmed government representatives:
- Mary Shaw– Executive Director of Cannabis Legislation and Regulation
- Jessica McLachlin – Manager, Stakeholder Relationsat Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat
- Wendy Norris– Senior Policy Manager at Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat
- Sarah Wright-Gilbert– Engagement Policy Advisor at Health Canada
Discussion topics include:
- Developments in the Kootenay’s cannabis industry
- The economic impact of legalization
- Regional job creation and auxiliary business opportunities
- Understanding regulatory and legal parameters
- Community based solutions to industry obstacles
- Sustainable cultivation practices