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Canopy Growth alum McCarthy takes helm of Cannabis Council of Canada

Cannabis industry veteran Paul McCarthy has been appointed president of the Cannabis Council of Canada, the country’s largest industry-supported lobby group.

In a news release, Cannabis Council of Canada, also known as C3, said McCarthy brings a “profound understanding of government workings and policy” to the organization.


McCarthy’s appointment comes approximately one month after George Smitherman, C3’s longtime executive director, stepped down.

His appointment is effective immediately.

McCarthy brings more than two decades of public sector experience to C3, both as a public servant and senior political adviser, including:

Policy adviser to the minister of industry. Senior policy adviser to the minister of labor, housing and homelessness. Senior policy analyst, Infrastructure Canada. Director of policy for the minister of veterans affairs and associate

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