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Canada: Hells Angels Members Protest Legalization of Marijuana
October 23rd, 2015 | by Bob Flanagan
OTTAWA | As Canada's newly elected Liberal government is on the verge of legalizing marijuana, thousands of Hells Angels members have taken the Parliament by storm yesterday to protest the new proposition.
The legalization of marijuana could cost the organization crime hundreds of thousands of jobs, believes the spokesman for the Canadian chapter of the Hells Angels, Jean-Roch Fournier.
"We estimate that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's radical proposition to legalize marijuana could cost us over a hundred thousand jobs" says the former lawyer. "From growing operations, to trimming, packaging, transportation and selling, this new legislature will threaten the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Canadian workers" he warns.
Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's proposition to legalize marijuana has enraged members of the Canadian chapter of the Hells Angels, who believe legalization could destroy "hundreds of thousands of Canadian jobs"
A multi-billion dollar industry
The legalization of marijuana could bring in between 5 to 12 billion dollars to the Canadian economy each year, reveals a recent 2014 joint study by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.
"Our research suggests more than 7,366,000 people in Canada use pot, and we estimate the Canadian pot industry is worth between $5 billion and $12 billion a year, depending on suggested prices" explains economics professor, Zahir Mahalik.
"Our study evaluated not only the legalization of cannabis on a recreational use basis, but also for its inherent potential in the medical and pharmaceutical business, which explains the high numbers" he acknowledged. "It is obvious the legalization of marijuana will cause major profit losses to organized crime organizations nation-wide" he told local reporters.
A massive blow to organized crime
Many members of organized crime fear they will lose their way of life if legalization is implemented.
Gino Ouellet [left], Hells Angels member for 36 years, fears legalization could put him out of work
"I've been selling weed since I'm 12 years old" admits Gino Ouellet, aged 56 and Hells Angels member for the past 36 years. "Do you think I'm going to want to go work at Wal-Mart or McDonalds at minimum wage? I don't think so" he told reporters.
"Who's going to want to give me a job? I've got tattoos all over my body and all over my face" asks another protester, Bob Wilkinson, condemned in 1977 for triple homicide. "It's not the job of the federal government to regulate illegal drugs; they should take care of their own business and leave that to us" he argues.
If marijuana were legalized in Canada, it would be a first among developed nations. In the US, four states and Washington, DC, have legalized pot, but it is still illegal at the federal level.
Note: Readers should be aware this is a satirical article on the Hells Angels.
This information appeared
at Gangsters Out Blog
Friday, August 7, 2015
Hells Angels share Stephen Harper's hotel
CBC is reporting that "Extra security precautions had to be taken for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and his family Thursday evening when the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club rolled in to stay at the same east-end Toronto hotel. About 30 bikers wearing Hells Angels, Red Devils and Nomad patches arrived at the Scarborough hotel on Thursday afternoon. Many members of the groups remained outside by their Harley Davidson motorcycles into Friday morning."
Maybe Harper was just looking for another lawyer to appoint to the bench.
Posted by Agent K
Marc Smith August 7, 2015
Why worry?? They were just getting ready for a "toy run".
steve August 8, 2015
Hahahahaha, Stephen Harper is a Hells Angel, come on, fuck! Probably had a political meeting making sure their grow ops aren't legalized, so they can still trade across the border! Legalizing would take a lot of money out of their pockets! I don't believe it is coincidence; I always believed he had something to do with these guys – just my opinion, but hey, here they are making headlines together. The meeting remark about legalization was a joke, but again, coincidence, I don't know.
This news appeared at
the National Post
How Hells Angels and criminal gangs came to control much of the Vancouver docks
Kim Bolan, Postmedia News | May 9, 2015
VANCOUVER — More than two dozen of the longshoremen unloading container ships on the docks of Metro Vancouver are Hells Angels, their associates, other gangsters or people with serious criminal records, a Vancouver Sun investigation has found.
The infiltration of gangsters and criminals into the port workforce is perpetuated by a longtime employment practice that allows existing union members to nominate friends, relatives and associates when new jobs become available.
Police say organized crime maintains this foothold on the waterfront for strategic purposes — so drugs and other contraband can be smuggled in some of the more than 1.5 million containers that pass through the four container terminals at Port Metro Vancouver every year.
Just over three per cent of containers arriving here are checked by the Canada Border Services Agency.
"It is a concern to us. We feel that a lot of the illegal drugs that come into this country come in through our ports," said Det.-Staff. Sgt. Len Isnor, the country's top law enforcement expert on the Hells Angels.
We feel that a lot of the illegal drugs that come into this country come in through our portsIsnor, who works for the Ontario Provincial Police, has testified at several major B.C. cases involving the biker gang.
Isnor said the Hells Angels have maintained a foothold in Canada's three largest ports — Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax — for the past 30 years.
"So as far as the ports are concerned, it's the whole success of the Hells Angels."
While airports have tightened security in the post-9/11 world, Metro Vancouver docks remain relatively porous, allowing people linked to organized crime, and even some convicted of international drug smuggling, to work on the waterfront.
The Sun has identified at least six full-patch Hells Angels who are active members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
Some have worked on the docks for years, like Al DeBruyn, a senior White Rock Hells Angel who started in 1981 — two years before the HA was set up in B.C.
Other Hells Angels joined the longshoremen more recently. Rob Alvarez of the elite Nomads chapter and Kelowna Angel Damiano Dipopolo started on May 24, 2012. West Point Hells Angel Ryan Sept started just last year, nominated by another full-patch member of his chapter.
Bikers aren't the only people with links to crime working on the waterfront.
Others who police have publicly identified as gangsters, such as Mani Buttar and Bobby Tajinder Gill, are also longshoremen, as are some of their associates.
Buttar has been a member of Local 502, a Vancouver local of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, since 1998. The local provides hundreds of workers a day to Fraser Surrey docks and Deltaport. And Buttar, whose two brothers died in gangland shootings, is on his union’s executive committee despite a lengthy criminal history.
Gill is in jail after police issued a warrant for him several months ago on some outstanding charges.
The Sun has documented 27 active longshoremen with gang or criminal links from various sources of information, including public records and union membership lists.
That number doesn't include the "inactive" members of the union who are also Hells Angels — East End president John Bryce, Nomads Angel Gino Zumpano, Haney member Vince Brienza, West Point member Larry Amero and former Vancouver president Norm Krogstad.
ILWU national president Mark Gordienko agreed to be interviewed for The Vancouver Sun series. But he cancelled without explanation the day before the interview. He also declined through a spokesman to answer written questions for the Sun.
The Hells Angels did not respond to emailed interview requests.
Please go to the National Post to read this entire story.
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