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THE WEED ELITE

Look who's turning over a green leaf ! Former politicians, ex-cops and others poised to strike gold when pot is legalized next year:

* Julian Fantino - a staunch opponent of weed while serving as police chief in London, York and Toronto, before becoming OPP commissioner and a Harper cabinet minister - is executive chair of Aleafia Inc., a company that connects medicinal-marijuana users with licensed growers.

* Raf Souccar - a former undercover drug officer and RCMP deputy commissioner who served on Trudeau's marijuana-legalization task force - - is president and chief executive at Aleafia.

* Kim Derry, a longtime friend of MP Bill Blair - the Trudeau government's point man on pot legislation - who served as a deputy chief when Blair was Toronto Police chief, is a security adviser for THC Meds Ontario.

* Former Ontario deputy premier George Smitherman, who once served as the province's health minister, serves on the board at THC Meds Ontario.

* Former prime minister John Turner is a board member for Muilboom Organic Inc.

* Former premier Ernie Eves is chairman of Timeless Herbal Care and former Toronto lawyer Courtney Betty is that company's CEO.

* Former BC premier Mike Harcourt is the chairman of True Leaf Medicine Inc.

* Chuck Rifici founded Tweed Marijuana Inc., the country's first licence provider to go public, while he was CFO of the Liberal Party of Canada. 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, LabRat said:

Julian Fantino - a staunch opponent of weed while serving as police chief in London, York and Toronto, before becoming OPP commissioner and a Harper cabinet minister - is executive chair of Aleafia Inc., a company that connects medicinal-marijuana users with licensed growers.

Sounds about right for hypocritical gits, It will be interesting to see where all the gov contracts go to regarding all the cannabis growing, distribution and monitoring.

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That bit was on the tail end of this article from MAPinc.org.

 

 

CN ON: Is The Fix In?

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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v17/n375/a07.html
Newshawk: Herb Couch
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Pubdate: Mon, 06 Nov 2017
Source: Toronto 24hours (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Canoe Inc.
Contact: [email protected]
Website: http://24hrs.ca/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/4068
Author: Chris Doucette
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IS THE FIX IN?

Lone province pot pusher is the Ont.  gov't!

The fix is in and it's only a matter of time until the city's marijuana dispensaries are forced out of business by the new pusher in town - the Ontario government.

New legislation announced Nov.  1 by the province, as it prepares to open 150 marijuana stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, includes massive fines and serious jail time for selling weed illegally once the federal government legalizes cannabis in 2018.

The contradictory message has left pot shop owners and employees - who have been the tip of the spear in the legalization fight - acutely aware their days of selling from a storefront are numbered.

"I believe in what I'm doing and I'll keep fighting as long as I can, but I think this will eventually push us all out business," a dispensary owner, who asked not to be identified, told Postmedia Network.

Although he knows it's inevitable cops will shut him down, he'd like to keep his lucrative business going as long as possible.  And he was concerned speaking out publicly might get his pot shops targeted sooner rather than later.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made it clear shuttering dispensaries was a major component of the new legislation, which includes stiff penalties for those convicted of selling or distributing marijuana illegally.

Individuals such as dispensary staff - some of whom have health issues and work in shops to get a discount on their medicine - will face a maximum $250,000 fine and up to two years in jail.

Corporations - which could include dispensary owners - will face fines of up to $1 million.

"I don't know anyone who can pay $250,000, let alone a million," the dispensary owner said.  "The government is putting a lot of people out of work, leaving them unable to afford their medicine and potentially ruining lives."

The new bill also enables cops to immediately close shops illegally selling marijuana.

Toronto Police were reluctant to comment on the increased firepower being added to their enforcement arsenal.

"We have been enforcing the law and will continue to do so," spokesman Mark Pugash said.  "And we welcome anything that helps us with that process."

Dispensaries spread like wildfire in the city after Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister in 2015 with a vow to legalize cannabis for recreational use.  More than 80 pot shops had sprung up in Toronto by the time cops began cracking down on the illegal businesses in May 2016 with Project Claudia, raiding 43 stores and arresting 90 people..

It was a costly endeavour that saw some shops close but many re-opened within days.  And by July 2017 charges had been withdrawn against 72 of the accused.

Despite the lack of success, police have continued to raid pot shops almost weekly.

The dispensary owner we spoke to said it's unfortunate the province chose not to include those already in the business when developing plans to roll out its new cannabis stores.

"I think these stores will be a big hit when they launch, but they're not going to be able to sustain that buzz," he said, predicting patrons will tire of inferior pot and return to buying from "their guy ( or gal )" who offers higher quality and wider variety.

Those currently in the business will continue to sell, albeit in the shadows and "the black market will thrive," he said.

He found it laughable that Wynne, when was asked about the government's pot pricing during her announcement, claimed it "actually isn't about money."

"This is all about money," he said.  "The government, former politicians and ex-cops are all chasing the dollar."

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