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Distributors of peyote a dying breed in Texas

In the mid-1970s, a high of 27 people were licensed to distribute peyote in South Texas, the only place in the United States where peyote grows.

But that number has dwindled to just four as of last year. And fewer landowners in the four counties where peyote, a sacrament of the Native American Church, grows are allowing peyote to be harvested from their land.

Combined with growing demand for peyote by the estimated 200,000 to 500,000 members of the Native American Church, the situation has some people looking for solutions. They are considering importing peyote from Mexico, where it also grows, or creating peyote farms in the U.S.

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A Rare and Unusual Harvest (The Washington Post 9/18)

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