A Running List of Canada’s Biggest Weed Hypocrites

Article by Manisha Krishnan, Vice News

A Running List of Canada’s Biggest Weed Hypocrites These former narcs have seen the light—now that there’s billions of dollars to be made. Manisha Krishnan. Joe Oliver, Justin Trudeau, and Julian Fantino have all been hypocritical about weed. Photos Twitter/Facebook/Aleafia Total Health Network

Not so long ago, Stephen Harper was Canada’s prime minister and he was warning us all that weed was “infinitely worse” than tobacco.

Harper, you’ll recall, favoured a tough-on-crime agenda that included mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes—laws that were eventually struck down as unconstitutional. During his tenure, Health Canada also spent $7 million on anti-drug ads, including one that dubiously claimed cannabis use lowers the IQ of young people.

So it’s a tad ironic that one of the people by Harper’s side during his war on drugs—former finance minister Joe Oliver—is now singing the praises of medical weed.

Oliver, 77, is the latest former Conservative/narc/old white guy to cash in on legalization. But people have short memories, so we’ve put together a list to help keep track of Big Weed’s biggest hypocrites:

Joe Oliver

As noted above, Oliver was both finance minister and minister of natural resources under Harper. In a recent op-ed for the Toronto Sun, he announced that he’s chairman of PlantExt, “a private Israeli/Canadian company devoted to developing and commercializing cannabis extracts in the treatment of diseases.”

Oliver noted that it’s hard to come by solid cannabis research because “scientists in most countries were intimidated or legally prohibited from experimenting with the plant’s medical potential. So for decades progress did not match the promising research and preliminary clinical results. Then attitudes started to change.” Yes they did, no thanks to the government you were a part of for four years, Joe.

Julian Fantino

In addition to being Toronto’s former police chief, Fantino also served as veterans affairs minister under Harper. He compared legalizing weed to murder in 2004, telling the Toronto Sun “I guess we can legalize murder too and then we won’t have a murder case. We can’t go that way.”

But now Fantino is executive chairman of Aleafia Total Health Network, a medical weed business that aims to connect patients with resources, including doctors and research.

He claims meeting with veterans who suffered from PTSD helped change his mind about the benefits of medical weed.

When grilled by the CBC’s Carol Off on the hypocrisy of his previous positions on weed and the fact that he now stands to make a lot of money from his cannabis-related business, Fantino said he was “addressing a different era at that time.”

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