Alexandra Dionne Charest, a daughter of former premier Jean Charest, has been hired by National Access Cannabis to lobby for the company that wants to sell marijuana and prevent the SAQ from having a monopoly over pot sales, according to the Journal de Montréal.
National Access Cannabis operates 10 clinics across Canada. The clinics focus on connecting patients to authorized producers and giving information regarding the legal treatment options available to them.
Dionne Charest, according to her mandate, will lobby the Justice, Health, Public Safety and Finance Ministries in connection with the cannabis legislation that is slated to be tabled in the fall after public consultations.
Recreational cannabis is expected to be legalized across the country as of July 1, 2018.
Dionne Charest denies she will get a sympathetic hearing from the government because of her family connection to the former premier.