Utah Supreme Court hears arguments in peyote case
Wednesday, November 5, 2003

The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case involving the use of peyote by non-Indians.

Peyote is a central part of the Native American Church. But only members of federally recognized tribes can collect, possess and use the hallucinogen.

A group called Oklevueha Earth Walks Native American Church says the prohibitionis discriminatory. They say non-Indians who belong to the Native American Church should be able to use the drug.

The group's founder, who claims he is a medicine man, has been prosecuted under state law after police seized 12,000 peyote buttons at a ceremony he was holding.

Get the Story:
Justices hear peyote arguments (The Salt Lake Tribune 11/5)
High court hears arguments over peyote use by non-Indians (AP 11/5)

Relevant Links:
Oklevueha EarthWalks Native American Church -

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