Canopy Growth has set its sights on a former high-ranking Liberal staff member to represent its interests.
The Ontario-based licensed producer has brought on GT & Company senior consultant Julie DeWolfe to lobby the federal government to relax its currently strict regulations regarding cannabis beverages, iPolitics reports.
In the past, company founder and former CEO Chuck Rifici worked as Chief Financial Officer of the Liberal Party of Canada.
DeWolfe worked as director of caucus services and planning for the Liberal research bureau team for more than five years before leaving the position in June. Previously, she worked under Ontario Liberal Party MPP and then-Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli during Kathleen Wynne’s tenure as premier.
Canopy is currently advocating for modifications to the federal Cannabis Act, which limits edibles and beverages to a potency of 10 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol, popularly known as THC, the intoxicating component of the cannabis plant.
The regulations also dictate that cannabis beverages shall be free of alcohol and nicotine, contain no added vitamins or minerals, contain a limited amount of caffeine, and must not be “appealing to youth,” among other restrictions.