Ivan Ross Vrana is this weeks’ WeedselIvan Ross Vrana is not a familiar name to many, having never held public office, but he is very much a weedsel.
Ivan Vrana is founder and principal of Aslan Ross Consulting, a company that coaches others on lobbying government.
Now that sounds like a slimy business to be involved in, doesn’t it? If someone is willing to pay these guys tens of thousands of dollars to convince government to spend our tax dollars on their product, chances are it isn’t the best choice for taxpayers. But it gets better. Mr. Vrana worked for the federal government for more than 15 years at Health Canada. His work primarily focused on pharmaceutical policy – but get this – he took a two year sabbatical in 2006 to work for Innovative Medicines, a company that relied on his approval for their client’s success with Health Canada. Smells like conflict of interest to me. Hmmm.
But Ivan wasn’t finished yet. From 2009 through 2012, Mr. Vrana led the team the developed the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. That’s right boys and girls, this is the person who decided to take away personal medical gardens. The end result was millions of dollars wasted on courts and lawyers so patients could regain that right. In a few short months it will be legal for every adult to grow in their homes, making Mr. Vrana’s ill thought out plan that much more disgusting.
But wait, there’s more. Ivan just keeps on giving. Ivan Ross Vrana left Health Canada in 2012 following the implementation of the MMPR and immediately opened shop to lobby LP wannabe’s on how to weedsel their through government approval. So now we have a guy who, as a civil servant, was paid to design a medical cannabis system who is now advising companies how to work through the loopholes he created.
I have no proof so I make no accusations, but it is really hard to ignore the obvious conflict of interests and wonder about the integrity of those government officials involved entire LP approval process. Mr. Ivan Ross Vrana is a particularly slimy species of weedsel, and is not to be trusted. Likewise, any company that would choose to get into bed with him is equally shady and should be avoided.