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[Feb. 11th, 2005|09:09 am]
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There is a small debate going on about how the White House wants to ban a certain type of tea used in a religious ceremony because it is considered hallucinogenic.

The article is here

Do think that the actions taken are appropriate? Or perhaps they are interferring in a religious ceremony?

What do you think?

What should be done about this situation?

Discuss and Debate.
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[User Picture]From: krazednconfused
2005-02-11 06:08 pm (UTC)
same argument as with peyote, and the Native American Church.
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[User Picture]From: thighofjustice
2005-02-12 09:52 pm (UTC)

Tea

Just from what you said regarding this article, I believe that the Government has the right to ban and (for lack of a better word) 'illegal-ize' a hallucinogen.
Normal hallucinogens are already a problem, if someone figures out a way to make this tea even more potent, or makes it in pill form, that might not be very good.

This quote from the article semi-backs up my point:

"The court's decision has mandated that the federal government open the nation's borders to the importation, circulation and usage of a mind-altering hallucinogen and threatens to inflict irreparable harm on international cooperation in combating transnational narcotics trafficking,"

I believe that the if the Government feels the need to make a potential new drug illegal. They should do it.

~ Thigh
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From: iremembernot
2005-02-12 10:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Tea

I agree with thigh. It is already bad enough that in general people do really really stupid things when united towards a common goal (albeit I acknowledge it does work in the other direction as well) so I think if they unite in a common goal and use halucenagenics, then some really really *really* stupid things could happen (note: Manson's group, or even Woodstock 99? -I think that's the year). I agree that they are a potential hazard to a) themselves, and 2) to those around them.
I mean, I don't know anything about how their service is conducted, but if they consume enough of this stuff, and then *leave the service* by means of say, a car, how safe are they to themselves and to the other people on the road?
However, I realize that perhaps they may only use a small portion of it, rendering the user to an effective state of hullicination but not enough to last a long time or be of any hazard to anyone. But what about potential addiction problems? What if some person with weak inhibitions decides that they'd like to "get in the spirit" and whip up some of this stuff just any old day of the week? I don't think I'd like to live in the same town as they do.
I think the government should step in while it still can.
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