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If you’ve been wondering if you should start a plant medicine church of your own, this episode should give you a little taste of what that might entail as we talk with two attorneys, Greg Lake and Gary Smith, both experts and authors on the topic of Entheogens and Legislation.
We discuss resolved cases, pending cases and how to hopefully avoid any cases on this episode of Psilocybin Says.
Greg Lake is a trial and appellate attorney, entheogenic church consultant, author of the "Psychedelics in Mental Health Series," and Co-Founder of www.entheoconnect.com. His most recent book, “The Law of Entheogenic Churches (Volume II): The Definition of Religion under the First Amendment.” is a deep dive into the definition of religion under the First Amendment in light of the sacramental consumption of entheogens, the nature of the primary religious/mystical experience effectuated through the sacramental consumption of entheogens, and the ever-developing historical record evidencing world-wide use of these sacraments in ancient times. It’s available on a free or a donation only basis.
Gary Smith is a veteran cannabis attorney and general counsel to the nation’s oldest non-Native American peyote church, The Peyote Way Church of God, his book, Psychedelica Lex is a usable text on the laws governing psychedelics and entheogens. Its chapters cover international drug laws and treaties, the Controlled Substances Act, the Pure Food and Drug Act, the Food Drug and Cosmetics Act, the Federal Analogue Act, Preemption Doctrine, IRS Code 280E, First Amendment, Bankruptcy, Clinical Trials, Lobbying and Public Initiatives, and much more, all given in context to history, archaeology, anthropology, biology, and religion and spirituality.