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Thursday, December 16, 2004

How about a nice cup of Hoasca tea

The New Yorker: The Talk of the Town

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court sided Friday with a New Mexico church that wants to use hallucinogenic tea as part of its services this Christmas.

Justices lifted a temporary stay that the government had won last week.

The Bush administration contends the hoasca tea is illegal and dangerous.

Nancy Hollander, the lawyer for the Brazil-based O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal, told justices in a filing that hoasca is not only safe, but to members it "is sacred and their sacramental use of hoasca connects them to God."


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