Jaime Lewis is the founder and executive chef at Mountain Medicine, a leading producer of medical and recreational cannabis edibles in Colorado. With a decade of experience in marijuana-infused product manufacturing and dispensary operations, Lewis is a leading voice for corporate responsibility and compliance in the cannabis industry. She is a founder and former chair of the Cannabis Business Alliance chamber of commerce and is the National Cannabis Industry Association‘s current board chair. A formally trained chef, Lewis began her cannabis career making medical marijuana-infused edibles for HIV/AIDS patients in California.
What social justice and/or criminal justice reforms do you want the US to make around its drug policy, particularly around cannabis?
I believe that we must deschedule – not reschedule – cannabis. I want to see this product respected as the healing plant that it is, and allow patients to benefit from its therapeutic potential. Rescheduling cannabis will allow big business to dominate the emerging market, perpetuating systems of racial and economic inequality cemented by mass incarceration and the war on drugs. Removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act will help reverse the course of systemic criminal convictions for marijuana possession. Descheduling cannabis honors the movement’s values; rescheduling will ultimately bolster corporate control.