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An Ashland church has filed a preemitive federal lawsuit over its use of a hallucinogenic tea.
The lawsuit argues that the Church of the Holy Light of the Queen has the religious freedom to use Ayahuasca tea, because it's used to try to achieve a direct connection to Jesus.
The church is a branch of the Santa Daime, which is described as a mix of Catholicism and Shamanistic Brazilian beliefs.
Ayahuasca tea originated in the upper Amazon. It is made from two plants which contain a hallucinogenic drug called DMT. After drinking it some may get nauseous, vomit, and have powerful hallucinations.
Neighbors of the church say they sporadically hear hymn-like singing coming from the house. They say lots of cars often visit the home, but that's stopped in recent months.
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Church awaits ruling on religious use of hallucinogens (Ayahuasca)