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April 18, 2005

Court to Consider Church's Use of Hallucinogenic Tea

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether a church in New Mexico can continue using hallucinogenic tea in its religious services ... The church, which has about 140 members in the United States and 8,000 worldwide, says the herbal brew is a central sacrament in its religious practice, which is a blend of Christian beliefs and traditions rooted in the Amazon basin ... In its Supreme Court appeal of that order, the Bush administration argued it has a “compelling interest” to prevent an illegal market for the drug.

I wonder how much of a market a church of 140 members really constitutes, especially with the Food and Drug Administration regulating down their necks.

I think I’d like to see the Bush administration loosen up and take some hallucinogens. Then again, considering some of the decision they’ve been making, perhaps they already are.