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João Taborda da Gama

Founding Partner


João Taborda Gama is a founding partner of Gama Glória, a law firm based in Lisbon, a senior advisor of the Albright Stonebridge Group, in Washington DC, and he teaches at the Catholic University in Portugal. João is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Future Forum of the Gulbenkian Foundation and sits on the Business Ethics Committee of the Portuguese Pharma Association.

João advises governments, patients, NGOs and global companies on the regulation, use, production and trade of controlled substances in medical, religious, spiritual and recreational contexts. João has successfully advised global companies obtaining licenses to cultivate and produce GACP/GMP medical cannabis, as well as securing a marketing authorization for the first registered medical cannabis product in Portugal. He advises on all aspects of the cannabis supply chain, including on international trade and transit, business combinations and taxation, and the CBD / Hemp market. João is a counsel companies doing research and using psychedelics to treat mental illness.

João has served as a political advisor to the President of Portugal and was a member of the Portuguese Government.

He published “The Regulation of Medical Cannabis in Portugal” (Brazil, 2019) and “Regulate and Protect: towards a new drug policy” (Lisbon, 2022).