Newspaper article The Canadian Press

30 Years after Hatfield Scandal, N.B. Premier Embraces Marijuana Industry Jobs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

30 Years after Hatfield Scandal, N.B. Premier Embraces Marijuana Industry Jobs

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N.B. premier embraces marijuana industry jobs

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MONCTON, N.B. - With a single announcement, New Brunswick's premier demonstrated Wednesday how much Canada's debate over marijuana has evolved in the last three decades.

Premier Brian Gallant announced almost $1 million in potential funding for a medical marijuana company, OrganiGram, that aims to tap into the recreational market if the federal government decriminalizes the drug as expected.

One of Gallant's predecessors, Richard Hatfield, was thrown out of office in the 1980s after a marijuana scandal - but for Gallant on Wednesday, marijuana jobs were a good-news announcement.

"We are pleased to see more opportunities for people to work right here, in New Brunswick," Gallant said in a news release.

Gallant went Wednesday to the Moncton offices of OrganiGram, one of 30 producers licensed by Health Canada to produce medical marijuana. …

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