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Supreme Court to Discuss Status of Religious Sect That Uses Peyote in Rituals

Mexico News Daily
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November 15, 2016
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The Native American Church, sometimes called Peyotism, is a Pan-Native American religion that is best known for the use of peyote as a sacrament. For members, the hallucinogenic property of the Peyote cactus is an essential source of profound spiritual information. (Spirit Studios)

The federal government broke earlier this year with its conservative stand on recreational drug use by moving to liberalize laws governing marijuana, propelled by a Supreme Court decision in 2015.

Now that the court is set to discuss the official status of a native American religious sect, can peyote be far behind?

Some 5,000 members of the Native American Church of Mexico have been fighting to get official recognition from the Mexican government for over three years.

Created in Mexico in 1994, the Peyote Religion, or Peyotism, as it is also known, is a native American religion characterized by mixed traditional beliefs as well as Protestant ones, and by its sacramental use of peyote, a small, spineless cactus with psychoactive alkaloids, particularly mescaline.

Native to the deserts of northern Mexico and southwestern Texas, it has been used by native North Americans for spiritual purposes for at least 5,500 years.

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