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Church's Suit Over Cannabis Use Is Burned Out


April 13 — When a church uses peyote as its sacrament, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act won't get in the way of prosecuting its members for violating drug laws when they substitute cannabis at religious ceremonies, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held April 6.

The prosecution isn't a substantial burden under RFRA because it doesn't coerce the members to act contrary to their religious tenets, the court said in an opinion by Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain.


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