Sacred Mushrooms and the Law

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Sacred mushrooms were used to assist in visionary states as early as 4000 BC and in religious ceremonies long before the Aztec civilization. Many believe that the mushrooms talk to them, opening up channels of communication with animals and spirit entities. The First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteed each of us freedom of religious expression. Yet, for all practical purposes, the entheogenic experience -- finding God within -- has been outlawed in the United States, even among indigenous people. In Sacred ...
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Sacred mushrooms were used to assist in visionary states as early as 4000 BC and in religious ceremonies long before the Aztec civilization. Many believe that the mushrooms talk to them, opening up channels of communication with animals and spirit entities. The First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteed each of us freedom of religious expression. Yet, for all practical purposes, the entheogenic experience -- finding God within -- has been outlawed in the United States, even among indigenous people. In Sacred Mushrooms & the Law attorney Richard Glen Boire, author of the best selling Marijuana Law, provides a much needed review of federal and state law (with cases) regarding the possession and use of sacred mushrooms. The law is an arcane mish-mash that renders nature an illicit drug-lab. Boire offers a fascinating discourse on cognitive liberty in which he compares the laws criminalizing the use of entheogenic mushrooms to a kind of "Newspeak". In George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Oceania government established Newspeak, a carefully crafted language designed by the government for the purpose of making unapproved modes of thought impossible. Our modern laws that criminalize sacred mushrooms effectively outlaw unapproved states of consciousness -- including certain religious ecstatic experiences. Sacred Mushrooms & the Law reviews federal and state laws relative to psilocybin and psilocin mushrooms, tells how to determine punishments, reveals the profile postal workers use to identify a "drug package", explores possible defenses, and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579510619
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Forward 9
Introduction 11
1. Cognitive Liberty 14
2. The First Amendment 20
3. Federal Law 25
4. State Law 35
5. Spores & Growing Kits 38
Part II Court Decisions
6. The Allen Case 49
7. The Fiske Case 51
8. The Dunlap Case 54
9. The Patterson Case 58
10. The Justice Case 61
11. The Wohlever Case 63
12. The Kail Case 65
13. The Bemis Case 67
14. The Ryan Case 72
15. The Atley Case 74
16. Canadian Cases 84
Part III Defenses
17. Substance versus Mushroom Defense 89
18. Religious Defense 95
Part IV Political Implications
19. Taxonomy 101
20. Legal Harm Reduction 104
Bibliography 115
Alchemind Society 117
Ronin Books 120
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