Article by Marc Emery, The Gorgia Straight
How did someone who has called marijuana a “scourge”, who has obstructed access to medical marijuana to sick and dying Canadians in pain, who has dismissed marijuana users as “stupid”, and who works for a law firm that wants to see its clients get a monopoly on legal weed, ever get to chair a task force on marijuana legalization in Canada in 2016?
Health Canada policy is that after five years, the human mind is cleared of all previous prejudices, including all previous thoughts and statements. The task force chair, former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan, has denied having any “intellectual interests” that would affect her status on this task force.
Here is how Health Canada defines “intellectual interests” that must be declared by any task force member: “Intellectual interests. Within the past five years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization.”
It goes on, but the point is if you didn’t say it in the past five years, then you never said it.
McLellan is engaged by the law firm Bennett Jones, which advertises and promotes itself today as the go-to law firm for government-backed licensed marijuana producers. So why is she permitted to chair the task force on marijuana legalization?