Terry Lake, B.C.’s ex health minister has entered the legal cannabis industry by joining a rapidly growing licensed producer — Hydropothecary Corp.
This news comes as no surprise, as Hydropothecary was founded in 2013 by Adam Miron, famous for starting ipolitics.ca, which is a website that deals with politics on a provincial and federal level.
Supposedly, the relationship between Terry Lake and Adam Miron started when Miron helped Lake in his 2005 mayoral campaign. The two have kept in contact since and since Hydropothecary Corp has just decided to significantly upgrade their operations, Lake found his place there as the producer’s new vice-president.
Hydropothecary is currently operating on a 26 hectare facility, which is now about to expand to a total of 300,000 square feet of growing capacity, with the projected production of 25 tonnes annually.
Lake’s role at his new company will be to ensure that the company’s practice equally considers social, environmental and health concerns of the public and consumers alike.
As he says:
“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.”
When asked about his own cannabis consumption history and general opinion on the topic, Lake said:
“I wasn’t a big user in high school, I experimented a little. And since then, I can count on one hand the times I’ve tried it.
We certainly know it is efficacious for a number of illnesses like epilepsy in children, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and post traumatic stress disorder. There’s growing evidence that it might displace opioids or alcohol.
There’s so much benefit that can come from regulating the market properly because there will be less stigma and that should spur more knowledge and research.”