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Julian Fantino, arch enemy of the Toronto electronic music scene, gets into the pot business

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It truly is opposite land.

Former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino heads marijuana company after change of heart


Julian Fantino says he embarked on a ‘fact-finding mission’ to learn more about medical marijuana after serving as Minister of Veterans Affairs in the Harper government.


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Former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino, left, is executive chair of the medical marijuana company Aleafia, while ex-RCMP deputy commissioner Raf Souccar, is the company's president and CEO. (SAMANTHA BEATTIE / TORONTO STAR) | SAMANTHA BEATTIEStaff Reporter

Tues., Nov. 14, 2017

Once an outspoken critic of legalizing pot, Julian Fantino says he changed his mind after veterans convinced him of the benefits of medical marijuana in treating post-traumatic stress disorder and managing pain.

The former Toronto police chief was recently named executive chair of a GTA medical marijuana company.

Fantino told a news conference Tuesday for the launch of Aleafiain Vaughan that he supports legalizing pot, as long as children can’t access it, organized criminals don’t benefit and cops crack down on impaired driving.

He said he would use medical marijuana if it was prescribed to him by a doctor.

“For me, it would be a healthy choice,” Fantino said.

Fantino also worked as chief of the London and York Region police forces and commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police before he was elected to serve one term as an MP representing Vaughan-Woodbridge.

He said he embarked on a “fact-finding mission” to learn more about medical marijuana after serving as Minister of Veterans Affairs in the Harper government. He heard from veterans who he “cares deeply for” about how marijuana helped them cope with injuries.

“That enabled us to be more helpful to people who are not obtaining results from their medications, usually opiates,” he said. “The medical profession is becoming better educated and better informed and there are more and more people who are being helped greatly with medical cannabis.”

He was joined by former RCMP deputy commissioner Raf Souccar, who is Aleafia’s president and chief executive officer.

Souccar said he too was critical of medical marijuana, even when he was appointed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Marijuana Legalization Task Force in 2016.

“My thoughts were medical users of cannabis were individuals who wanted to us cannabis and hide it under the guise of medical purposes,” Souccar said.

But as part of the taskforce, he met with medical marijuana users and he realized he “couldn’t have been more wrong.

“I didn’t expect the types of people I met, people with jobs, people no different than any of us in this room. It brought about a huge change in me.”

The two former cops framed their business as one that will help counteract widespread opioid use and abuse. Instead of doctors prescribing patients opioid medications for pain, they can prescribe medical marijuana through companies like Aleafia, Fantino said.

Aleafia says it will connect patients with medically authorized cannabis and other health services at locations across the GTA. It does not dispense cannabis, but rather provides patients with assessments and suggests treatments.

“First and foremost, we are not in the marijuana business,” Fantino said, “We are in the health delivery system and that’s our focus.”

Change of heart

A look at Julian Fantino’s past public statements on marijuana:

“The evidence clearly indicates that organized crime is heavily involved in grow operations and the distribution of marijuana . . . I am also concerned about the apparent lack of scientific or medical certainty on the impact of marijuana use on humans and their activities.” — Fantino’s statement posted on the Sootoday.com, May 28, 2003

“My issue is not a morality issue. . . . To be frank about it, by making it easier to smoke pot we're also increasing the profits and the activities of organized crime who are very much involved in the grow operations.” — Fantino to the Toronto Star, Dec. 24, 2003

“Legalization is an irresponsible policy that only puts dangerous drugs on the streets and in our communities, and sends the wrong message to children that recreational drug use is okay.” — Fantino in a flyer distributed to Vaughan households by his MP office, July 30, 2014

“Today, Justin (Trudeau) admitted that his top and urgent justice priority is to change the law to allow the sale of marijuana in corner stores, putting our children at risk. Justin’s singular justice policy will make smoking marijuana a normal, everyday activity for Canadians and he wants to make marijuana available in storefront dispensaries and cornerstores just like alcohol and cigarettes. This is simply wrong, and puts the health and safety of our children and communities at risk.” — Fantino’s Facebook page, Sept. 30, 2015

“This is not like smoking cigarettes. This is also the type of drug that is mind-altering and does have an impact on cognitive ability.” — Julian Fantino to Global News, Oct. 15, 2015

“I am completely opposed to the legalization of marijuana.” — Julian Fantino’s Twitter account, Oct. 16, 2015


Aleafia leadership

Julian Fantino, executive chairman

Police chief in Toronto (2000-2005), York (1998-2000) and London (1991-1998), commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (2006-2010) and MP for Vaughan (2010-2015). Minister of Veterans Affairs (2013-2015) as well as of International Cooperation and State for Seniors.

Raf Souccar, president and CEO

Member of the RCMP for 34 years and retired as Deputy Commissioner of Federal and International Policing in 2011. Throughout his career, he was responsible for drugs and organized crime enforcement, national security, counter-terrorism and the prime minister’s security. In 2016, he was appointed to the federal government’s Marijuana Legalization Task Force.

Dr. Gary Goodyear, COO and vice-president of research

A chiropractor for 20 years, Goodyear was MP for Cambridge from 2004 to 2015, and served as Minister of State, Science and Technology and for the Federal Economic Development Agency, Southern Ontario.

William Stewart, director

Toronto’s former fire chief (2003-2012), he was on active duty for 40 years and was an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has served on the boards of the National Fire Protection Association and Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation. He was named fire chief of the year in 2008 and 2010.

from the star:
Former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino heads marijuana company after change of heart | Toronto Star
 
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I really wish I had kept his stupid campaign flyers that he had littered our neighborhood with - it was seriously along the lines of those "Don't let your kid die from overdosing on marijuana" memes.

I'm for sure going to do my best to boycott that fuck if he's peddling his bullshit skank. I bet you the fucker's gonna sell everyone as much stem as possible.
 
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Bernnie Federko

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mean grampa wants that dollar dollar bill y'all, that money from all the reefer all you people are getting stoned on before raping and taking candy from babies...
 
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praktik

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^^^

Won't someone PLEASE think of the children??

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Bernnie Federko

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Won't someone PLEASE think of the children??

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Need some Karl Heinz Scriber up in the PMO, bro. Cuz that's how you do some shady AF deals, you know? Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeitt
 
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Mondieu

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This article is a couple of years old. I used to have a line by line of all the bullshit he pulled as a crooked-cop. He was a dirt-bag when he worked for narcotics and his slime-ball tactics continued (under the TPS old guard) all the way through his positions as Police Chief and Con MP.

His flip-flop on weed is hardly surprising. He’s always had a knack for opportunism. This piece of shit made a career out of fostering a covert two-tiered law-enforcement system under which rivals, minorities, and the poor have suffered. Fuck Julian Fantino.

Is this man the worst MP (and minister) in Canada?
 

Mondieu

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This is a little dramatic in tone but the facts are there. Still just the tip of the iceberg for this scumbag. I’m still trying to dig up that proper list I had.

 
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Mondieu

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Listening to this piece of shit on the curcuit is cringeworthy. All he did for years was “uphold the law”? BULLSHIT. His words, regarding said law are well-documented. He didn’t just uphold it, he was its number one defender and supporter. Now he’s playing the “but I talked to veterans” card? He sure as fuck didn’t talk to veterans while he held the portfolio.

This dick has destroyed countless lives and now he wants a pass on his “compassion” oriented about-face? Same douche-bag, different opportunity.

Fuck you Julian Fantino. ...you grease-ball, side-talking, racist, homophobic, pseudo-gangster, low-life fuck-wad. If there were any justice, you’d have been picking up your teeth with broken fingers, years ago. Not to worry though - time will mash your ignorant, ugly mug and blackened soul back into the dirt soon enough.
 

Mondieu

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Apparently that TPS narc that died awhile ago was a user. His death wasn’t from contact with a suspect/victim. Surprise!

Just heard Jules on the circuit preaching the dangers of fentanyl. It’s all about the opiate crisis now, isn’t it?

Fucking goof.

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