IFAS | Freedom Writer | January/February 1989 | peyote.html

Peyote OK'd in Indian rites

This past October, the Oregon State Supreme Court ruled that the use of the hallucinogenic drug peyote in the Native American Church is protected by the First Amendment. Peyote is a cactus which contains the illegal drug mescaline. Peyote is used in religious ceremonies by the Native American Church.

The case concerned two drug counselors who lost their jobs for using peyote during Native American Church religious rites. The court ruled that by denying these men jobless benefits, the state violated the men's First Amendment right to freely practice their religion.

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