Paul Lewin and Jack Lloyd are Toronto lawyers and activists who practise in cannabis and psychedelics law at their firm, Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Group LLP.
What a great conversation!
Paul has represented clients across Canada for over 27 years, practising with Lewin & Sagara LLP, fighting for clients at all levels of the Ontario Courts, including the religious use of cannabis, challenging the medical cannabis doctor-as-gatekeeper rules, the constitutionality of the limited cannabis strain choice, the cannabis extraction rules, and the cannabis grower privacy laws, which ended privacy breaches by police of cannabis growers. From 2011 to 2020, Paul was on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Canada (NORML Canada) advocating for cannabis reform and lobbying politicians at all levels of government. Paul has spoken at cannabis events, moderated cannabis policy discussions and he has been interviewed dozens of times in the media on cannabis policy. Paul also advises doctors, lawyers, politicians and the police on cannabis laws and regulations, and the emerging psychedelic industry.
Jack practices criminal and constitutional litigation relating to medical cannabis regulation at all levels of court in Ontario and British Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also performs consultancy work relating to the cannabis industry and the emergent issues surrounding psilocybin for medical purposes all across Canada, excluding Quebec. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jack was the editor at Green Candy Press, the world’s largest publisher of books about the cannabis plant and psilocybin mushrooms. He continues to edit select titles for Green Candy Press, including an update to The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible, The Ganja Kitchen Revolution and Marijuana Chef Cookbook as well as the Psilocybin Chef Cookbook. In 2016, Jack edited The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing and Using Magic Mushrooms, which was the first book on psilocybin mushroom cultivation released in over a decade. Jack is currently the President of NORML Canada, where he advocates for sensible regulations concerning cannabis in Canada.
In this interview we also talk about Paul and Jack's most recent ruling R v. Howell 2020 ABQB 385, the first case to strike down the ACMPR as unconstitutional due to serious infringements of the rights of medical cannabis patients.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I do.
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