>> Canada is preparing to legalize recreational marijuana. Some of the first people to get into the business are former members of law enforcement. People who built their careers being, quote unquote, tough on crime.>> The law of the land is the law of the land. I mean, I served faithfully for 40 years enforcing the law of the land and the will of the duly elected government of today is changing all of that.
>> Among them is Julian Fantino, former Toronto police chief, a former conservative Member of Parliament and Veterans Affairs Minister and Ralph Succar, former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Deputy Commissioner. Together they've started Aleafia, a company that among other medical services provides medical assessments and authorizations for people to obtain medical marijuana.
>> As a police officer, you enforce the laws that you were sworn to enforce. I was not a social worker, I was a police officer. I did the job that I was paid to do. I got exposed at another point in my life after I retired from policing to something that made a whole bunch of sense to me.
I actually got to touch, see, feel, speak to people that were suffering serious medical conditions. I got to know them. I got to trust them. I saw the change and the benefits that something can bring and that is cannabis. I changed.>> But some people have argued it's somewhat hypocritical for people who spent decades busting people for something as simple as pot possession to now be making money off that industry.
>> Perfections not of this world. I don't profess to be perfect and I guess there would be all kinds of decisions if we were able to replay our lives we would probably make different.>> As of July 1st, 2018, adults will be allowed to possess small amounts, to buy small amounts, and to grow up to 4 plants at home in some provinces.