From Richard Glen Boire, on the Centre for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics website:
Members of the ayahuasca-using religious group known as the Uniao do Vegetal (UDV), won a major legal victory on Monday (August 12, 2002), when a federal court ruled that the group’s use of ayahuasca was likely protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Ayahuasca (also known as hoasca) is a visionary tea that serves as the sacrament of the UDV religion. In May 1999, US Customs agents seized several bottles of ayahuasca imported from Brazil for use by members of UDV’s US Branch headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
According to the US government, ayahuasca is an illegal controlled substance in the same class as LSD, because it contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) a “hallucinogenic” drug under the US Controlled Substance Act (CSA). In Brazil, ayahuasca is legal and is expressly recognized as the sacrament of several Brazilian-based churches, including the UDV. Continue reading
More details on that assault of a cow share agister near Edmonton by officials last week, via Michael Schmidt:
“October 26, 2010 Seizure of Milk Incident This is a revised version posted Nov. 2, 2010:
Judith arrived at church around 6:30 p.m. to attend bible study. Carl, a potential cow share buyer, approached the van as Judith was going around taking her 4 year old daughter, out of the van. Carl had called earlier to purchase milk and was informed by Judith that she does not sell milk but people purchase cows or cow shares and that they milk the people’s cows for them. He was told that she would not do this without him signing a cow share contract so he was meeting her on the pretense that he was interested in a cow share. While Carl was there three people walked up to the passenger’s slider door of the van. Judith recognized Greg G. Smith, Investigator and Inspector, Agriculture and Rural Development and took action to close the van door. Greg G. Smith pushed against Judith and stepped in to block the door closing. The men addressed Judith by name. One person took Carl off to the side. Greg introduced everyone to Judith and she asked for all their business cards (see attached for the cards produced). Judith was given two of Glenn’s business cards so the third person was not identified. Continue reading