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DEAR CHIEF WARRANT Officer Guimond, I would like to bring your attention the deep and serious concern by many of my colleagues in the Canadian Armed Forces regarding the proud display and sponsorship of big pharmaceuticals/ cannabis companies like TILRAY on the uniforms and athletic gear of currently serving members of the Canadians Armed Forces. Many of us in the CAF who are not "pot heads" feel that this public display of big pharma pot to the public sends the wrong message to Canadians and the world.

I was a Master Seaman aboard Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Protecteur when she was burning during our deployment in 2014. Like most of my shipmates, we risked our lives to save ours and the almost two-dozen family members and DND civilians who were also on the ship at the time. I still have my boots that were melted as a reminder of how close many of us came to being burned alive trying to fight those fires on board. Many of us are still serving and do not have to rely on psychologists, abuse of alcohol, or marijuana or big pharma medical prescriptions that are being over-prescribed by military and civilian doctors to currently serving and former CAF personnel.

Having CAF "Wounded Warriors" promoting & wearing big pharma/cannabis company logos like TILRAY on their uniforms, is like having Seagram's or Imperial Tobacco on those uniforms. It sends the message that the CAF personnel smoke dope, cigarettes, and drink alcohol, and that is ok. If you want to go down this path, then open up to Health Canada that you would like to also promote big alcohol companies, and big tobacco companies onto these uniforms. Tell Health Canada that we are all smoking dope, puffing on cigarettes and/or licking the bottle to deal with our military service careers.

Or better yet, just keep the pot companies out of programs like Wounded Warriors altogether.

Petty Officer 1 Brock Leacock

Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimault

Caption: Tilray is proud to be the title sponsor of the Wounded Warrior run as part of a commitment to support Canadian veterans in gratitude for their service to our country. (JOHN W. PENNER/JOHNS PHOTOGRAPHY)

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Title Annotation:POSTED IN: Letters to the editor
Author:Leacock, Brock
Publication:Esprit de Corps
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Aug 1, 2019
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