This week we bring you a familiar name in BC politics and a very good reason to avoid Hydropothecary Corp. Be sure to come back again next week to meet his partner, another slimy weedsel and an even bigger reason to run.
Terry Lake joined Hydropothecary Corp. as vice-president in July, 2017 after a career in municipal and provincial politics.
A licensed veterinarian, Mr. Lake must have seen politics as a more interesting (and profitable?) career path. He was first elected as a councillor in the City of Kamloops in 2002, before becoming Mayor in 2005.
He was elected as MP for the BC Liberals in 2009 and held several cabinet positions, most recently as Health Minister. He did not run for re-election during the 2016 election in order to pursue his new interest in cannabis.
Now a person of Mr. Lake’s standing with government and business elite and sense of self-importance would not allow him to become just another cannabis cultivator, or licensed producer. No,no,no. Terry Lake, his weedsel partner and Hydropothecary bill themselves as , wait for it… A Luxury Medical Marijuana Company. Is that like a luxury penicillin company or a luxury pain killer company? What in the f… heck does luxury have to do with medicine. It’s a plant, people, how could theirs be more luxurious than any other? Hydropothecary claims to be able to produce 25 tonnes of dried cannabis per year, which sounds great to an investor but not so much for the informed consumer. Warehouse production of cannabis is a difficult, and some would say impossible, endeavour and the larger the space, the more difficult it becomes to keep healthy plants without the use of chemicals. One would assume that a company selling a luxury product for medical use would ensure the safety of their customers would be paramount. Let’s hear what Mr. Lake said about that:
Lake said his role at Hydropothecary will be vice-president of corporate and social responsibility and his mandate is to ensure the company’s business practices take into account social, environmental and health concerns of consumers and the public “especially as we move to legalized recreational marijuana.“This is a huge policy shift and we have to be concerned with protecting the health of young Canadians. We have to abide by the highest possible standards.”
Well now, that sounds like a responsible statement by the former Health Minister, doesn’t it? Let’s see how it plays out in real life.
Uh oh. Just 2 months before Mr. Lake joined Hydropothecary Corp., the company was caught by Health Canada using a banned pesticide named myclobutanil and ‘voluntarily’ suspended sales. Myclobutanil is known to be carcinogenic when combusted. This was a deliberate and dangerous decision by a producer of medicine in order to avoid crop loss and the financial impact of same. Why was nobody charged or fined? If deliberately adding cancer causing chemicals to medicine is their version of “ the highest possible standards”, it is clear Hydropothecary Corp. is not capable of safely growing plants and should be shut down.
You can help facilitate this by not buying any product that comes from this poison pusher.