Entheogenic Tea Allowed Says Supreme Court

In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court has ruled (full opinion, here) that members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal may legally import and use the entheogenic tea hoasca. The tea which contains traces of DMT is banned by the Controlled Substances Act. This is seen as a blow to the Bush administration who has been actively fighting this case for years. The court ruled that the government has failed to supply a “compelling interest” to limit the religious practices of the group, Justice Roberts said that the government was taking a “zero tolerance approach.” This is widely seen as a triumph of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and could also open the doors to other religious groups who feel that the ritualized use of entheogenic substances are an important part of their practice.

Previous posts on the subject:
11.02.2005 “Sacred Plants”
11.04.2005 “Sacred Traditions Are Good For Your Brain”
11.22.2005 “Magic Mushrooms In Ireland”
12.13.2005 “Spiritual Perception and DMT”

Jason Pitzl-Waters

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