Article by Harrison Jordan, Lift
Alan Young, John Conroy, Kirk Tousaw, Paul Lewin—these are the just some of the veteran cannabis lawyers who have made a living fighting laws on behalf of clients across Canada. But now there’s a new kid on the block. A former articling student under Paul Lewin, neophyte cannabis lawyer Jack Lloyd, with his vibrant, curly red head of hair, has stepped up to the plate as Marc and Jodie Emery’s legal counsel following their Project Gator arrests. We caught up with Jack on Wednesday April 12, one day before the federal government was set to introduce recreational marijuana legislation.
Q: You’ve worked for Paul Lewin before you started your practice. Tell me something Paul has taught you on your way to becoming a lawyer?
Always listen to your clients. Pretty much everything I know I learnt from Paul. But that was an early lesson, an important lesson.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer? Was it from a young age?
I was never interested in the law. I was a book editor for many years. I edit books about cannabis legalization activists for a company called Green Candy Press, so I never thought about becoming a lawyer. I was reading work by John Conroy, Kirk Tousaw, and Paul Lewin, and I got interested in the law. I said maybe I can write the LSAT and become a lawyer, and I did, and now I’m a lawyer. [laughs]
Q: Tell Lift Readers something that they might not know about you.
I paid for law school by working for a publishing company, working as a landscape gardener, and working weekends as a busboy in a bar. That’s how I paid for law school.
Q: Some press outlets, including Maclean’s, have suggested that the Emerys are bad for the marijuana movement. What do you say to that?