Aleafia announced former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino and former RCMP deputy chief commissioner Raf Souccar have resigned their positions on the company board, where Fantino was chair and Souccar sat as a director. The company did not provide an explanation for Fantino and Souccar’s departures.
Departing chairman Fantino is remembered for saying, prior to his arrival at Aleafia,
- “I am completely opposed to the legalization of marijuana,”
- “I see legalizing it or putting it in shops as trying to normalize narcotics, when the truth is there is nothing normal about it.”
REC retailer One Plant, roughly 10% of which is owned by Aleafia, announced plans in December to open a store in Toronto’s Kensington Market, prompting protests against Fantino.
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- One Plant’s Kensington location opened in early April (receiving a fawning profile from BlogTO). On Tuesday, One Plant co-owner Jason Krulicki tweeted, “We listened to the community and were able [to] affect change” along with the news of Fantino’s departure, suggesting it came in response to those protests.
BC Compassion Club Society founder Hilary Black, now chief advocacy officer at Canopy, said too many MED patients face barriers to access. She called for MED to be covered by private health insurance, better education for physicians about MED, and redesigned workplace policies that don’t discriminate against MED users.
An Amherstburg, Ontario nurse crossing the US border to work in Detroit was arrested with 150 pounds of cannabis. She faces 20 years in prison in Michigan, where REC and MED are legal at the state level.