Former Montreal police chief joins the weed biz

Move over, Fantino, Blair, and Ogden—another former police chief is set to play a role in Canadian cannabis.

The latest ex-cop to announce his participation in the pot industry is Yvan Delorme, who spent 27 years as an officer with the Servive de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

Today, he is the president and shareholder of QC Gold Tech, which is currently waiting to obtain its sales licence from Health Canada. QC Gold Tech is a registered trademark of Agri-Médic ASP, which received a cultivation license in December 2017. Delorme became president at that time, but has kept his involvement quiet as the company awaits licensing.

Delorme resigned from the SPVM in 2010 after five years as chief. He was at the helm when four compassion clubs in the city were raided in June 2010. Prior to being promoted to chief, he was the commander of the Narcotic Drugs and Proceeds of Crime Division. He spent much of his career working to arrest drug traffickers.

In an interview with French news publication Le Journal de Montréal, Delorme refuted the idea that his past employment contradicted with his new role, saying, “it has been a long time since I have distanced myself from the fight against narcotics, we must rather ensure that people have responsible consumption, like alcohol.”

He also added the company was interested in conducting research around cannabis and anxiety, and said that he became interested in the medicinal qualities of the plant after his father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“We also want to invest in prevention by trying to protect the vulnerable and prevent excessive consumption which can cause problems,” he told reporter Annabelle Blais.

While it’s expected that cannabis consumers, particularly those who used Montreal’s compassion clubs, will have strong opinions about Delorme’s career path, he insists that his focus was on the prevention of organized crime, and not on individual consumers of cannabis.

During his time as head of the Narcotic Drugs Division, Delorme worked to implement a program that would create less long-term harm for those charged with minor drug-related offences, saying he was “trying to make sure that a person who had consumed was not stigmatized… because of a youthful error.”

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