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Old 02-21-2006   #1
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Supreme Court Says Hallucinogenic Tea is Legal

hmmmm....I wonder if you could argue that the only way you can connect with God is by smoking dope? Wonder if they're taking any new members?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a small congregation in New Mexico may use hallucinogenic tea as part of a four-hour ritual intended to connect with God.

Justices, in their first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts, moved decisively to keep the government out of a church's religious practice.

Federal drug agents should have been barred from confiscating the hoasca tea of the Brazil-based church, Roberts wrote in the decision.

The tea, which contains an illegal drug known as DMT, is considered sacred to members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal, which has a blend of Christian beliefs and South American traditions. Members believe they can understand God only by drinking the tea, which is consumed twice a month at four-hour ceremonies.

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Re: Supreme Court Says Hallucinogenic Tea is Legal

It only makes sense to connect with God that way, right?
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Re: Supreme Court Says Hallucinogenic Tea is Legal

I happen to know a fair amount about the beverage under discussion (full name: ayahuasca), and the drug it contains, Dimethyltryptamine. Ayahuasca is commonly used by many South American tripes in shamanistic ritual and coming-of-age rites. The drug, DMT, is the only known endogenous hallucinogen, meaning it is produced within your own body. Actually, DMT is produced in the pineal gland, which is located right in the center of your brain. It is a very powerful hallucinogen and dissasociative; when snorted in powder form, the effects can last a little more than an hour before you come back, and when smoked, no longer than forty five minutes. There are three levels of protection built-in to the body and brain to prevent this drug from being used by your body on a regular basis. These three levels only break down uder circumstances of extreme physiological stress. There are only two times in everyone's life when DMT is guaranteed to be released into your system...when you are born, and when you die. For further info, read DMT-The Spirit Molecule
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Re: Supreme Court Says Hallucinogenic Tea is Legal

I do believe hallucinogens can be very spiritual, and can often promote life changing events.

I think unless you have tried them you can't say that this is stupid.

Saying "These people are stupid for using a hallucinogenic substance." might as well be 6 years old and saying "That bike is stupid and I'm not going to ride it."

Like have an open mind, seriously, and the guy who I think is Frea; of course it isn't the only way, but it is one.
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