Former California police officer Nate Bradley recently spoke with Canadian bio-pharma company MediJean about why he now endorses medical marijuana. “I used to think that medical marijuana users were nothing more than drugs addicts using the law to support their habit,” Bradley noted. “I changed my mind on it, when I saw that it was helping people get off of prescription medication.”

The interview, conducted via Twitter on November 5, is part of a month-long online discussion about medical marijuana’s future in Canada. For more insights from Bradley, please read the rest of the interview included below:

(Nate Bradley is the Executive Director and cofounder of the California Cannabis Industry Association. In 2010 Mr. Bradley founded Lawmen Protecting Patients, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization consisting of retired and disabled members of the law enforcement community who have become medical cannabis patients and now advocate on their behalf. Mr. Bradley also has 10 years of education and experience in law enforcement and defense investigation.)