Terry Lake, VP of CSR at The Hydropothecary

As a former British Columbia Health Minister I am an ardent supporter of policies that improve public health, including the legalization of a well regulated cannabis industry. Marginalized and racialized groups have been disproportionately affected by the enforcement of drug prohibition, and many cannabis law reform advocates have been criminalized for activism that paved the way for our legal cannabis industry. Having a criminal record is associated with a range of health and social vulnerabilities that can lead to poorer long-term health. Pardoning those with criminal records for simple possession of cannabis is good public policy.

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