Canadian marijuana advocate blasts ‘hypocrisy’ of ex-police cashing in on cannabis

One of Canada’s most prominent marijuana activists has taken aim at former police officers who have entered the country’s fledgling cannabis industry, saying it was “hard to stomach” that those who spent years sending people to jail for pot offences are now poised to profit as the country moves towards legalisation.

“It’s a mix of hypocrisy and pure profiteering,” Jodie Emery told the Guardian. “They made a living off tax dollars for trying to keep people out of the cannabis business and now they’re going to position themselves to cash in.”

Her remarks come as legislation aimed at legalising recreational marijuana by 1 July 2018 was passed in the House of Commons. The bill will now head to the Senate, paving the way for Canada to become the first country in the G7 to fully legalise the drug.

Former public servants, politicians and law enforcement officers have gravitated towards the sector, which analysts say could eventually be worth somewhere between C$5bn and C$10bn annually.

  • Waffle

    Good for Jody to call a spade a spade.

    I lost my respect for Fantino after Caledonia and I never had any for Bully Blair to begin with.

    • canminuteman

      Bollocks. Is Emery suggesting that the police should not have obeyed the law, and upheld the law as it was at the time? Or that now the law has changed they shouldn’t be allowed to act within the law? He’s just pissed because his brain is too addled or he’s too stoned to profit from it now that it’s legal. I have a few friends who have made a ton of money trading marijuana stocks, and they are neither police or politicians.

      For the record I don’t have any time for Blair or Fantino either, but that’s a different issue.

  • Millie_Woods

    Nobody stopped marijuana advocates from joining the police. Quit your fucking whining Jodie.

  • Cat-astrophe

    lol, the cops will still be in charge of the pot smokers… again…

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Pigs will be pigs, there’s not one hog trough they won’t feel ashamed about feeding from…

    • Mark Matis

      Very well said.

  • andycanuck

    A tax on the stoned… :^)

  • Marijuana simply doesn’t deserve all the attention, and should have never deserved so much attention right from beginning going back to the “marijuana madness” — “killer weed” days, whether from Police, activists, or anybody.

    It’s a freakin weed — used to grow wild everywhere in temperate climates, and if people want to smoke it who cares. It should never have become a Billion dollar industry that everybody is fighting over — organized crime, Government, police, activists, etc., if it wasn’t given so much undue attention in the first place.

    • Tooth&Claw

      Blame William Randolph Hearst.

    • Watchman

      I’d prefer my pilot, my bus driver and every other driver on the road to be as unimpaired as possible. I have no problem with them getting stoned as long as they aren’t allowed to drive while unduly affected, just like excessive alcohol is similarly a problem.

  • pike bishop

    More people are going to run afoul of the MJ laws after it’s legal than ever were when it was illegal.

  • CodexCoder

    I have misgivings about anyone that uses or sells a substance that can fundamentally alter your brain chemistry and your view of reality. So cop deal drugs or existing drug dealer – I don’t like either of them.

    • Watchman

      Yeah, there does seem to be a link between cannabis usage and mental illness, and a lot more research needs to go into this linkage and whether mentally ill people are self medicating with cannabis or this cannabis is causing this mental illnesses.

  • Lloyd Snauwaert

    Libranos gonna Librano…