How Lewin and Mernagh Legalized Marijuana

An epic slobberknocker stoners will be telling their grandchildren.

Tuesday (Apr. 12) mid afternoon I was standing at Vapor Central vapor bar with Compster when lawyer Paul “The Legalizer” Lewin called. He said something like, ‘Matt, the ruling has come down.’ We were scheduled to be in court Tues Apr. 19, I figured we’d find out my fate then as planned. “You won.” I looked at Compster shocked, “We won!” Compster asked, “The court case?” I nodded. Then I walked out the door where it was quieter. Leaving Compster puzzled.

The Legalizer read me juicy bits of Justice D.J. Taliano. ‘You have a personal exemption from both growing and possessing marijuana, your charge has been permanently stayed, and in 90 days the marijuana laws fall.’ “OMG! We won!” After three years of court, a 14 day stint in Canada’s worst prison, everything had suddenly changed. I think it’s safe to say we were both stunned stone cold, but probably not as much as our prosecutor. Who called Friday Apr. 15 with congratulations for us. He’s a very classy crown.

Now I understand the incoherency that comes with wining big. The bewilderment of accomplishing a dream then being thrust into limelight and expected to make a statement about how you obilerated prohibition. Star athletes, upon winning, are expected to saying nothing more than to thank their family or declare they’re going on holiday.

Opening Vapor Central’s door I shouted, “I’m exempt from the marijuana laws! In 90 days there’s no marijuana laws.” Potheads were confused. Let celebrating begin. A cannon was rolled up and our puff down began. Word spread fast. Cannabis Culture called. “Dude, congratulations. Can we get a comment for a story.” I politely brushed Jeremiah off. While we’re vaporizing, Whyprohibition publicly congrats us and post R v. Mernagh. Jeremiah calls back with a pretty please. The victory has made me even forget they’re three hours behind us.

I’m elated and incoherent, but not from marijuana. Well maybe a little. Struggling with easy questions Jeremiah throws a tougher one. I simply responded, “Dude don’t ask tough questions.” Feeling like I just won the Stanley Cup or WWE Championship I should only have to say, “I’m going to Vansterdam.” And that’s what I tell him.

Over a delicious DeSoto meal, Curly Girl and I discover why potheads are going crazy. We’re the only one’s in the restaurant reading a computer screen. Everyone else is watching the leader’s debate. Our jaws continue to drop. The Legalizer and Mernahuana beat prohibition senseless. Everything I visualized happened. Mr. Mernagh you are free to grow was my meditation mantra.

I knew it was pretty awesome…but I woke up the next day fairly famous. Newstalk 1010 newsroom woke me at 7:30. Pulling the number from their contact list. Little early to be booked for Jim Richards Showgram, I thought. Instead news department saying I’m their top story. Oh? I better get a get coffee. Please call me back. I pick up a Toronto Star at 7/11 get their large coffee. Opening it at check-out, I discover the Star has a banner headline Pot Laws Ruled Unconstitutional. Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young has put us over huge. Woe. Now I’m really shocked, but get through my interview.

Then CBC Metro Morning requests an interview with host Matt Galloway. Immediately following I’m on Newstalk 1010 John Moore show. Going to be a long amazing day.

Lewin and I finally meet up at his office for television at noon. Just a stream of media are making requests. CityTV Avry Haines sparks my joint. Afterwards CityTV drive me to Vapor Central where they film my friends celebrating with me. I’m sneak into the background to do a phone interview. Then I’m off in CityTV vehicle for an in studio interview with the guy who has been with me from day one, Jim Richards.

I show a little late. But when your famous this is allowed.

The Legalizer and I worked exceedingly hard for our win. This week, and the next few, Apr. 20 Yonge and Dundas Square and May 7 Global Marijuana March will be victory days for sure. Without the support of numerous people we wouldn’t have been able to generate the mountain of evidence we called.

Finally, most importantly, thank you to everyone who pitched in.

Matt Mernagh
Matt Mernagh

Matt Mernagh is author of Marijuana Smoker's Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains ( by Green Candy Press and hosts a weekly weedy webcast The Menahuana Zone on Pot.TV every Tuesday. The Mernagh Ruling is a test case of Canada's cannabis laws and was spearheaded by Mernagh, lawyer Paul Lewin and 22 witnesses from across Canada.