This week’s Weedsel, Bill Blair, differs from the others in that he is not, to my knowledge, involved in profiting directly from the production or sale of cannabis, or related products and services.
He is not on the board of directors at any licensed producer. How then, you might ask, can this person be considered a weedsel?
This weedsel’s previous connections with several other weedsels and his unique position to form cannabis policy to benefit his former buddies, makes him possibly one of the most dangerous weedsels known to man.
If you have not guessed by now, I am talking of none other than Bill Blair,dubbed ‘Trudeau’s drug Czar’, the man heading up the government legalization task force, and who is the most influential player in this legislation process. The last few weeks have given us a bit of hope, with the announcement of craft growers and relaxed requirements, but I am skeptical. Too much emphasis is being put on the large LP’s and their needs and wants, when the small business model makes much more sense in terms of employment and economy. Even if you want to believe that Mr. Blair’s decisions were not influenced by the requests of his buddies, the optics are really, really bad.
He was a career Toronto area cop before becoming police chief in 2005. The person he replaced was Weedsel Julian Fantino and his deputy chief was Weedsel Kim Derry. He worked as a long-haired undercover NARC back in the 90’s, busting folks for cannabis. Somehow, Trudeau thought years of busting pot smokers doubled as knowledge of the average cannabis smoker. Not even close. Bill is about as out to lunch on the subject as anyone I’ve met. Legalization through the recommendations of a drug cop is just wrong in so many ways.
Bill Blair is not new to bad optics, or even bad behaviour. He promised to end the practice of racial profiling, but then went on to encourage and defend it. Remember that G20 fiasco in Toronto in 2010? Mr. Blair was the man in charge. A report by Ontario’s independent police watchdog found that police violated civil rights, detained people illegally and used excessive force. The unlawful acts by police during this incident were shocking, and to be fair, included many different police agencies. That does not absolve Bill Blair of his duty to the citizens of Toronto. There is every indication that if he did not directly order those acts, he certainly condoned them and covered for those who perpetrated them.
During two investigations by the S.I.U., Bill Blair was said to be “troublingly difficult with the SIU” according to Ian Scott who was the SIU director. “He doesn’t seem to understand or respect the importance of civilian oversight in a democratic society” That there is quite the statement, and one I think confirms that Bill Blair is indeed a weedsel, and perhaps one that deserve more scrutiny.