Last month the Utah Supreme Court ruled that the controlled substance peyote can be used by non-Native Americans for religious purposes. The ruling comes after the arrest of James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney and his wife, Linda, founders of the Oklevueha Earth Walks Native American Church.
In 2000, the Mooneys were charged with distributing peyote in church ceremonies. According to U.S. drug laws, possession of peyote illegal; however, Native Americans are exempt because the drug is sacred to them.
The recent ruling by the Utah Supreme Court extends the exemption to non-Native Americans church members. About his decision, Justice Jill Parrish wrote, "The bona fide religious use of peyote cannot serve as the basis for prosecuting members of the Native American Church under state law."
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