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The Cannabis Economy

Date: April 18, 2019

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: April 18 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, April 16

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, April 8

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Almost 40 states have legalized medicinal and recreational use of cannabis. Some communities have been living in a legalized environment for years, while others are just starting out, and there is much to learn as the trend toward full legalization continues. In this webinar, we will discuss the current regulatory environment in both the U.S. and Canada, and learn how cannabis businesses have generated revenues for their local economies. Join us to hear from the experts how economic development professionals can support entrepreneurs and small businesses in this emerging industry, and take advantage of the economic impacts of legalized cannabis.

Key takeaways:

- How to navigate the changing regulatory environment
- Best practices for preparing your community for legalization
- Tools for supporting startups and small businesses in the cannabis industry
- How cannabis can drive economic growth




Joseph Devlin
Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement
City of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

Joseph M. Devlin is the Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement for the City of Sacramento. Joe helped establish and then lead the City’s first office responsible for managing the cannabis industry. Under Joe’s direction Sacramento has been a national leader of cannabis regulation and enforcement. Sacramento held the State’s first ever special event with onside consumption, developed the State’s first retail training program, launched a comprehensive youth prevention campaign, and created one of the country’s first social equity programs. Sacramento’s regulatory environment has driven hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and created a cannabis economy with gross sales in excess of $250 annually. Sacramento also collects more tax revenue per capita than any other city in California.

Joe is also an accomplished political consultant with nearly 20 years of experience directing political campaigns. In 2005 Joe took a position working for the Department of Defense in Baghdad as an advisor to the Multi-National Corps- Iraq. He is also a two -time participant in the American Council’s Professional Fellows Program.

Matthew Zabloski
Business Strategist with Community Standards
City of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Matt Zabloski has worked with the City of Calgary for the past 9 years. During this time he has worked as a Planner with Planning and Development and as an Executive Advisor in Calgary Community Standards.

For the past two years, as a Business Strategist with Community Standards, he has been the project lead responsible for coordinating The City’s response to the legalization of cannabis.

Matt has also served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ response to cannabis legalization and been a witness for the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology during their study of Bill C-45.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, April 8. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, April 8.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, April 8 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, April 8 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact certification@iedconline.org.