Article by Travis Cesarone, Cannabis Life Network
Did you know that two pesticide companies collectively own 12 out of the now 28 pesticides approved by the Canadian government, at the time of writing? Making matters even worse is that the two companies, AEF Global (Levis, QC) and Bioworks Inc. (Victor, NY), are partners in international business and distribution.
But that’s not all. Bioworks Inc. also aids Lam Corporation in distributing two other government-approved pesticides, as well as a pesticide not permitted for cannabis use, Cease, for Bayer Environmental Sciences.
Uncovering Trade Secrets
Certain public information regarding AEF Global’s production practices belongs to other licensing partners like FPInnovations, a major Canadian forestry science and technology firm. Various inert ingredients developed through nano-technology and cellulose derivatives have been patented by FPInnovations, which AEF has access to and FPInnovations’ pockets are filled with a variety of companies‘ cheque books, and even some government hands!
A Conservative Bonus
AEF Global has been no exception to political gains, having received a $100,000 grant from the Canadian government for biopesticide development back in January 2014 under the Conservative government. This money was for building a stronger general exporter as well as an ‘agricultural’ industry through Quebec’s Economic Development Program. At the time, Bioworks Inc. were AEF’s well-known international partners in distribution.
Grant funding did come in at the beginning of the new year, so why any suspicions?
Taking into account this grant was in part passed by then Conservative Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney (Levis, QC,) propels the situation into a potentially personal affair. That’s because Levis, Quebec is not only the headquarters for AEF Global- it’s also the riding that Mr. Blaney has represented in the House of Commons since 2006.
Conservative MP against recreational cannabis AND making money?
In 2015, Vancouver’s innocent dispensaries were accused of being harmful to society, according to comments made by the Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, alongside the then-acting Health Minister, Rona Ambrose. Two years after the Conservatives lost the federal election in 2015, Mr. Blaney,
now acting as the official Opposition, openly opposed adult-use cannabis, citing Canada’s lack of preparedness. He also supported MADD’s opinions on cannabis-impaired driving, in 2018.
More importantly though, was Blaney’s colourful opposition to former Liberal CFO, Chuck Rifici, taking on the position as CEO of cannabis producer, Tweed. After pointing out Chuck Rifici’s connections to the Liberal Party, Canopy Growth, TWEED, Aurora Cannabis, and Cannabis Wheaton, Mr. Blaney said it was clear that: ” The words “cannabis”, “Liberal”, and “legalization” add up to “a lot of money”.
Politicians and their secret agendas
In 2017, Mr. Blaney tried calling out the Liberals for having a ‘secret agenda’ regarding the implementation of legal cannabis, going so far as using the term “cash cow cronies”- an accusation he may not have been wrong about by any means. In fact, many consumers and advocates agree with him and still do today. We must ask though, what was his own secret cannabis agenda? What was the reason for keeping cannabis confined to medical production?
Was the Conservative politician planning on earning a buck off of cannabis sanitation practices by funding a pesticide company based in his hometown? Did Blaney manipulate a method to ensure our innocent plant is covered in his friend’s bioengineering chemicals? Or, was he simply attempting to put his own hands into something he feared losing control over?
An answer may be jealousy over the Liberal’s profiting in a way that mocked his own morals because he viewed recreational cannabis as a threat to public safety. In the end, he did financially benefit his own local constituents. He may not have been responsible for directly regulating the Pest Management Act, but given his government position, he certainly had influences in its creation.