Cannabis Religious Freedom Charter Challenge Update

Here is the latest in my religious cannabis use case against the Canadian Government.

As I’ve reported in earlier blogs, I applied for an exemption to use cannabis for religious purposes to Health Canada with the aid of activist lawyer Kirk Tousaw, and this request was rejected. This rejection opened things up to a judicial review of Health Canada’s rejection, in the Federal Court of Canada.

Earlier stories on the case, including affidavits and other relevant information:

“Cannabis Religious Challenge Update”

“My Religious Freedoms Charter Challenge Interview on The Standard”

“Affidavits from My case against the Federal government and the Crown’s case against the G13”

At this point, we’ve done a deposition on the Crown’s only witness in the case, Jocelyn Kula, who testified in regards to her role in the decision at Health Canada.

Health Canada and the Federal Government’s lawyer performed her deposition on me. Both of these lengthy documents provide some interesting insights into the case. And based on these Kirk and I submitted our argument as to why the exemption should have been granted, and the flaws in the Health Canada decision to reject it.

Jocelyn Kula testimony

Chris Bennett testimony


Now we wait for the Crown’s response to our submission on September 10, which we can respond too,
and then continue on with oral arguments, likely sometime in November.

Sadly, the fight for freedom has a hefty price tag. Special thanks to Vansterdam activist Dana Larsen for kicking down $500 for my case, which has me out of pocket p to $10,500 in costs so far, anyone interested in this case who is wishing to donate can do so via paypal to [email protected], mark as ‘donation’.

Chris Bennett
Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett has been researching the historical role of cannabis in the spiritual life of humanity for more than a quarter of a century. He is co-author of Green Gold the Tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion (1995); Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (2001); and author of Cannabis and the Soma Solution (2010); and Liber 420: Cannabis, Magickal herbs and the Occult (2018) . He has also contributed chapters on the the historical role of cannabis in spiritual practices in books such as The Pot Book (2010), Entheogens and the Development of Culture (2013), Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances (2014), One Toke Closer to God (2017), Cannabis and Spirituality (2016) and Psychedelics Reimagined (1999). Bennett’s research has received international attention from the BBC , Guardian, Sunday Times, Washington Post, Vice and other media sources. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.