Legally offering psilocybin mushroom Therapy through ceremony
The First Amendment of the Constitution states the following:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Although our Constitutional Rights include a freedom to practice religion, Plant Medicine work remains a controversial subject as it fits in to that freedom. There are many underground churches around the Country who work with Peyote, Psilocybin, Ayahuasca or San Pedro under the premise that they do have a right to practice their religion even if it involves working with a "Schedule I illegal substance". In fact, it is argued that the mere idea of the DEA requiring a petition or request to work with these plants is already a violation of this right to religious freedom.
The first time we contacted an attorney to help us, he actually said this very thing: "Don't go through the DEA, just stay underground".
While we do wholeheartedly agree that the DEA's process of Request for Exemption to use these illegal substances may be in itself a violation of our right to work with them as part of our religion, we also understand the perceived necessity for regulation.
With all of these things in mind, we have opted to collaborate with the DEA through the process of submitting a Request for Exemption to work with Psilocybin Mushrooms as part of our Shamanic Plant Medicine Ceremonies (specifically Psilocybin Mushroom Therapy style Ceremony) and have made all necessary accommodations to be in compliance with their documented standards. We wish to offer our participants safety in both the legal and physical sense as well as full transparency with all that we do with the hope that the DEA will uphold this right to practice our religion of Shamanism.
We have great respect and reverence for the plants, for our country and for the sacredness of this work. We do not wish to negatively impact the community with the work we are doing and will therefor be conducting ourselves publicly in all ways, including under the scrutiny of the DEA.
In addition to the DEA petition, we are also very excited to watch the decriminalization effort occurring in both Oregon and Washington, further allowing people to bring their own Medicine into Ceremony without the fear of being arrested. It is our hope that one day Plant Medicine will not be as heavily regulated as it is today.
All of our work with the plants is and will continue to be above-ground and accessible to all that are in need.