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Update on the udv case in the US

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  • John Grunwell
    AyAhUaScA wIlL bEaT tHe BuSh AdMiNiStRaTiOn!!! Newsbrief: Supreme Court Puts Hold on Religious Ayahuasca Use http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/365/udv.html
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3, 2004
      AyAhUaScA wIlL bEaT tHe BuSh AdMiNiStRaTiOn!!!

      Newsbrief: Supreme Court Puts Hold on Religious Ayahuasca Use
      http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/365/udv.html
      Two weeks ago, the New Mexico-based US branch of the Brazilian church Centro
      Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal (UDV, or Union of the Vegetable) won
      in federal appeals court the right to use the Amazonian hallucinogen
      ayahuasca in its religious rites
      (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/363/udv.shtml). On Wednesday, the Bush
      administration was back in court on the case, seeking and winning a stay
      from the Supreme Court blocking the church from using its sacrament until
      they have heard the case.
      The 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver had ruled that the church
      would probably win its case, and granted a temporary injunction barring the
      government from suppressing its ayahuasca rituals in the meantime, but
      Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer granted the government a temporary stay
      to give both sides more time to file arguments with the court.
      "Compliance with the injunction would force the United States to go into
      violation of an international treaty designed to prevent drug trafficking
      worldwide, which could have both short- and long-term foreign relations
      costs and could impair the policing of transnational drug trafficking
      involving the most dangerous controlled substances," acting Solicitor
      General Paul Clement wrote in a court filing.
      The case arose when federal agents raided the Santa Fe, New Mexico, offices
      of the church's US branch in 1999, seizing 30 gallons of ayahuasca tea.
      Unfortunately for the feds, the leader of the US branch, Jeffrey Bronfman,
      is an extremely well-heeled heir to the Seagram's whiskey fortune. Bronfman
      sued, and so far, he and the church have won every round.
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