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Petition in Hoasca Tea RFRA Case

The Acting SG has filed the Government’s petition in Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Unaio do Vegetal, challenging the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act gives the members of the UDV Church a statutory right to import and use the hallucinogen DMT, notwithstanding the prohibitions of the Controlled Substances Act.

In December, the Court denied a motion to stay the lower-court judgment. Further information on the case can be found here.