The Law of Entheogenic Churches in the United States gives its reader a foundational understanding of the law surrounding the legality of ayahuasca and other entheogenic-based churches in the United States.
The book covers the following topics:
Chapter One: The Religious Freedom And Restoration Act
Chapter Two: Claims and Defenses under the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act: A Case Law Survey
Chapter Three: DEA’s Regulation of Entheogenic Churches
Chapter Four: General Guide to Forming a Non-Profit Church
Chapter Five: Frequently Asked Questions
The Law of Entheogenic Churches in the United States was written in laymen’s terms so the average reader can understand and acquire a foundational understanding of the law in this area. This book discusses the Supreme Court precedent involving the ayahuasca religion UDV and the Oregon District Court opinion involving the ayahuasca religion of the Santo Daime.
As ayahuasca and other natural entheogenic medicines gain popularity as a religious sacrament, this area of the law will become increasingly relevant. In this book, author George G. Lake, Esq. imparts the necessary knowledge needed to navigate this area of law.
Dave is a veteran cannabis advocate and previous dispensary owner in California.
We dive deep in to the story of how his church was raided, Prop 215, Prop 64, Measure Z, asset forfeiture, the War on Drugs, the Portugal experiment, medicine churches, decriminalization, federal descheduling and rescheduing and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
We go all the way down the rabbit hole and come back out with fresh tails and perspectives and how to dig our way out of the drug war we are waging against our own selves.
When a soldier brings back trauma from the battlefield, there’s no single reliable way to help them integrate back into society. Everybody needs a different approach. For Ian Benouis, he rediscovered the power of plant medicines after his exit from the military and as he was working his way through law school. It led him on a path to introduce other veterans to plant medicines by organizing trips for them and as a lawyer activist working with a number of plant medicine organizations and churches.
What does it take to start and operate an entheogenic church legally? Today we are joined by two attorneys involved in legitimizing entheogenic churches: Greg Lake and Ian Benouis! Both local Texans and servants of the plant medicine movement in America, they come from different backgrounds and offer unique insight into the legal process behind […]
Sam is a combat veteran who served two tours of duty as a marine in Afghanistan in the Helmand province, the center of worldwide opium production.
He went to Peru for an ayahuasca dieta and Mexico for other medicines.
Sam talks about his personal healing journey and how he would like to see the medicines available and integrated in to society. He offers a vision for veteran healing using the National Park System.
Ryan is a combat veteran who served as a marine in Iraq and sustained injuries resulting in a purple heart. He was a key advocate who got PTSD added as a qualification to the medical cannabis program in Maine in 2013.
Ryan was part of the group of veterans that protested the VA’s policy on medical cannabis which was featured in the episode Stoned Vets on Weediquette on Viceland in 2016.
Ryan went to Mexico in December for bufo and dmt working with other veterans. He returned this January from a 21 dieta in Peru working with ayahuasca and mapacho (peruvian tobacco).
Bryan shares his experiences serving in the military as a Forward Observer and Blackhawk Helicopter Crew Chief in Iraq.
He tells his story of returning from combat with PTSD and using alcohol, opiates and pharmaceuticals to treat himself and finding a higher and deeper path with natural plant medicines (cannabis, mushrooms, dmt and 5-meo-dmt).
Bryan tells us how we can move forward to deliver full medical and spiritual freedom in Texas and the US.
Featuring Amy Rising, Ian Benouis, Jesse Gould and Matt Kahl
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Plant medicine and psychedelics have been shown to have many therapeutic benefits with very few side effects. They are currently being studied in everything from PTSD to depression to anxiety to addiction to healing past trauma. They are being used at end of life with terminal cancer patient, in smoking cessation programs, and even in eating […]