Entheogenic Churches and the Law with Attorneys Greg Lake and Ian Benouis

What does it take to start and operate an entheogenic church legally?

Today we are joined by two attorneys involved in legitimizing entheogenic churches: Greg Lake and Ian Benouis!

Both local Texans and servants of the plant medicine movement in America, they come from different backgrounds and offer unique insight into the legal process behind entheogenic churches.

Greg Lake is the co-founder of the up-and-coming social media platform EntheoConnect and author of “Psychedelics in Mental Health Series: Psilocybin”.

Ian Benouis grew up in Hawaii and is a United States Army veteran who turned to plant medicine for healing upon returning home. Ian also served as former General Counsel to Veteran’s for Natural Rights.

Together these two men offer years of experience in general litigation, with special experience in psychedelic arenas. Enjoy!! 

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For Greg’s book “Psychedelics in Mental Health Series: Psilocybin”: www.amazon.com/dp/B089M1HW21/ref…HYAAE0FRBYRZBVVA8

Follow Ian on FB:
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For Ian’s website, visit:
www.psychedelicmusalman.com

For Ian’s podcast, check out Soundcloud:
www.psychedelictimeshare.com

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About Ian Benouis

Ian Benouis is a West Point graduate, former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, former US Army officer and combat veteran who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama.  This operation was the largest combat operation in US history focused directly on the War on Drugs and was the largest special operations deployment ever conducted. He was a pilot-in-command and his aviation brigade flew more night vision goggle hours than any unit in the military except for the Task Force 160 Special Operations which his unit was ultimately rolled up into when the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California military base was shut down. Ian grew up in Hawaii in the 1970’s where cannabis was decriminalized and fully integrated in to the culture.  He has been healing himself for over 25 years with sacred plants, a spiritual practice, and being a student and practitioner of ethnobotany.  Ian was a pharmaceutical representative for Pfizer after he got out of the Army witnessing firsthand the meteoric rise of the SSRI’s and synthetic opioids in the early 1990's. He is a casualty of the drug war having been arrested for cannabis while in law school.  Ian is an intellectual property attorney who has been working in the corporate world for over 20 years in the primary roles of VP of Sales and Marketing and General Counsel.  He is a political activist in the cannabis and natural plant medicine space nationally and locally in Texas.  Ian was previously the Chairman of the Board for a public policy foundation in Texas for over seven years. Ian was featured in the Spike Jonze produced episode Stoned Vets on Weediquette the cannabis focused series on Viceland on HBO with a number of other veterans protesting the VA’s policy on medical cannabis and trying to end the veteran suicide epidemic. In 2016 Ian organized a trip for six veterans with PTSD to Peru in May for a 10-day plant diet including ayahuasca and other plant medicines with three Shipibo trained shaman brothers that are third generation plant medicine healers.  Ian also took some of the same veterans to Mexico for treatment with iboga and 5-Meo-DMT.  This experience was captured on video and was released as a documentary in March 2017 entitled Soldiers of the Vine. He is member of the team supporting the movie From Shock to Awe a feature-length documentary that chronicles the journeys of military veterans as they seek relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the help of ayahuasca, MDMA and cannabis.  This movie premiered at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ on June 2, 2018 where it captured the inaugural Mangurama Award for Conscious Documentary Storytelling.