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Canada’s Potential Pot Czar: Bill Blair

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Bill “Tough On Drugs” Blair, in fact, spearheaded over a 30% increase in marijuana-related arrests within his regional purview between 2005 – 2015. He was eager and successful with the task, which makes him such an outside choice. Many industry insiders wonder why, if the industry is being pitched so hard in the medical direction, would we not appoint someone with a healthcare background – not law enforcement.

And Blair also has many close colleagues and friends in the corporate hallways of the cannabis industry, and they haven’t been shy on their opinions and motivations to keep the cannabis production industry as a close and elite circle of producers – cutting out independents growing for personal use.

When looking at cannabis treatment through the looking glass of an MS patient, Licensed Producer prices via Health Canada ($10 / g average)  are simply too high to maintain a meaningful on-going treatment regime. One has to remember, many MS patients are unable to maintain regular employment or income and rely on long-term disability payments. In the context of a household budget, many patients simply can’t access medical cannabis at a pharmaceutical level. They either grow their own or rely on grow sponsors that can yield cannabis at pennies on the dollar. Perhaps a ‘Drug Czar’ who came from a medical background may weigh those scenarios and needs differently. [Read More at Goodleaf]

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