Saturday, September 23, 2017
Guess Who's Going Into The Marijuana Business?
A few days ago I wondered how long we might have to wait before marijuana is legalized in this country.
And whether the premiers, the police, and Andrew Scheer's Cons would be able to stop the Trudeau government from making next years's Canada Day also Cannabis Day.
But now I'm feeling a lot more confident that the target date will be respected.
Now that I know that two former senior police officers, including one who was a Con minister, are jumping on the marijuana bandwagon.
And that one of them is no less than Julian Fantino.
Two of Canada's former top cops – one of them recently a Conservative cabinet minister – are helping launch a new prescription-marijuana business. Julian Fantino and Raf Souccar are executives with a business that will open a storefront clinic in a strip mall north of Toronto in the coming weeks.
Which couldn't be more ironic considering how Fantino ended his political career.
In his unsuccessful 2015 re-election bid, Mr. Fantino circulated flyers suggesting Justin Trudeau's decriminalization plans would put marijuana into school children's hands.
And how many years he worked for Stephen Harper, whose views on marijuana couldn't be more deranged...
Or more hypocritical...
But then as Fantino says times change, and his new job will make definitely make him more popular with veterans than he was when he was the minister of Veterans Affairs.
And it is a Big Business opportunity.
Statistics show that when Mr. Fantino took over Veteran's Affairs in 2013, it was spending about $400,000 a year to help just over 100 veterans fill their prescriptions. When he left two years later, it was spending $20-million for more than 1,700 veterans.
Since then, under both Liberal and Conservative governments, the numbers have exploded. On Friday, the department told The Globe it expects to spend $90-million reimbursing veterans in the coming fiscal year.
For as Rick Mercer reports, even those who would try to delay the legalization of marijuana in this country, can't conceal how much money there is to be made...
You know, I'm glad that Fantino has seen the light.
"We have evolved. In our drug squad days we kept locking people up. Did we care about this other stuff? Not really," he says. "This was our job right? But eventually in your life and your career you become more aware."
And that he's going to make money helping people access marijuana, instead of busting them for consuming it.
But who can put a price on all those mostly young lives ruined by the Great War on Drugs?
And who will pay for the cowardly hypocrisy of so many politicians?
Tell Scheer and all the others to stop dragging their heels and approve the bill legalizing marijuana.
Or we will smoke them all in the next election...