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A Closer look at the “First Legal Ayahuasca Church” in America

Amongst the plant healing community, there’s widespread concern that the ayahuasca liquid gold rush is attracting unscrupulous charlatans, who are motivated by money rather than a higher cause, and who may put ceremony participants in unsafe situations.

“As you know, its totally a sham,” was the first thing Doblin said. “They do a disservice to the Santo Daime and UDV churches, which have obtained legal permission for their use of ayahuasca within their specific and limited religious ceremonies, and to the Native American Church, which has obtained legal permission for their use of peyote in their limited religious ceremonies,” he continues.

​Original Article (San Francisco Gate):
A Closer look a the “First Legal Ayahuasca Church” in America
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