Meet Derek Ogden, 27 year member of the RCMP, including a long stint as head of the national drug squad.
This week we bring you yet another cop turned weedsel who, after a career of busting pot smokers had what he says was a “aha moment”. I’m no doctor, but I suspect that ‘aha moment’ was likely cash induced.
“Chief Superintendent and Director General, Drugs and Organized Crime, Federal and International Operations, Royal Canadian Mounted Police” to be exact. A heavy-hitter in the Canadian police scene.
So what is a career drug cop supposed to do after retirement? For Mr. Ogden, the answer was clear. “Why not get into the business of consulting for those profiting from the cultivation and sale of the very plant I destroyed people’s lives over”, he thought.
It seems from early April, 2014 until present, this former crusader against cannabis users is or has been involved with a number of businesses. A Google search lists him as 1) President of National Access Cannabis 2) Level III Security Consultant at Quantum 9 Inc. And 3) CEO of Vida Cannabis – all begun in the month of April, 2014.
Derek Ogden states that he doesn’t see his about face in career paths as a 180 degree shift. ‘ His policing experience puts him in an ideal position to understand the marijuana business, He says’. Excuse me? He was in charge of going after organized crime including those involved in the marijuana business, how does that compare to operating a legitimate enterprise? A little digging found the real and obvious reason for Mr. Ogden’s sudden fascination with the cannabis industry. He’s seen the marketing and selling of pot up close.
“So we did see a number of groups across the country that were very, very involved in the cannabis industry and they generated a lot of revenue.” said Derek Ogden. “And I’m going to get me some of it” he thought.
One Weedsel – Three cannabis companies. Run, don’t walk away from all of them.