Article by CBC News
Darrell Dexter’s newest interest is marijuana.
The former NDP premier of Nova Scotia is a vice-chair at Global Public Affairs, the country’s largest privately held government relations firm. Dexter will be leading the firm’s cannabis industry clients as marijuana legislation and regulations are rolled out.
He spoke by phone from Calgary with the CBC’s Elizabeth Chiu. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Q: Why are you interested in lobbying for the marijuana industry?
A: You might know that a recent Deloitte report on this industry says that it will, in all likelihood, reach something in the order of a $22-billion industry, in fact eclipsing the combined sales of beer, wine and spirits.
This is a significant emerging industry that is attracting a lot of investment and one where there is a complex regulatory environment that we think people are going to need some help with.