Recent legal issues concerning Ayahuasca

A federal court will hear an appeal from the U.S. attorney general regarding a ruling on an Ashland, Oregon church’s use of ayahuasca.

In 2009, U.S. District Judge Owen Panner ruled in 2009 that members of the church are allowed to import, distribute and use the sacramental brew for religious purposes. Read the full news item here.

More threatening news reached us via ICEERS. They report that the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) published on their website their annual report about the world situation on drugs in 2010.

In this report, the INCB has included the preoccupying recommendation towards governments to outlaw traditional plants such as Ayahuasca and Tabernanthe Iboga among others, neglecting their important role as traditional medicine, as a sacrament and as therapeutic tool.

The United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) “recommends that Governments should consider controlling such plant material at the national level where necessary”, in its annual report of 2010. That is, the INCB is seeking an international criminalization of Ayahuasca, Iboga and other botanical species which belong to the cultural traditions of uncountable civilizations of our planet.

If you want to read more about this preoccupying recommendation of the INCB click here.

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