Amanita muscaria or the Fly Agaric is not a well-known mushroom based on its scientific name or common name. Yet, the picture on the left, of this mushroom, will probably be familiar to the reader. In recent time, it is the mushroom that has been adopted as the “prototype” mushroom in western cultures. Its image can be seen in Christmas and greeting cards, children’s stories, science fiction and fantasy illustrations, and in mushroom models.
At 1:44 pm Eastern Standard Time today, December 10th 2004, the entire Supreme Court of The United States convened and determined to deny the Department of Justice’s request for that Court’s further intervention in the UDV’s legal case. The stay that Justice Breyer had temporarily granted on December 1st is now vacated (lifted). The UDV, under Protective Order from the Federal District Court of New Mexico, (twice affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals) will now be free to practice our religion in this country.
Raich, who has dark hair, pale olive skin and rimless oval glasses, is reed-thin – she struggles to keep her weight over 98 pounds. And no wonder she’s thin; the 39-year-old Oakland, Calif. woman suffers from scoliosis, endometriosis, severe headaches, chronic nausea, unexplained seizures and episodes of paralysis, uterine fibroid tumors, a brain tumor too deep in her head to be removed, and a mysterious wasting syndrome where she loses life-threatening amounts of weight.
Kona Kava Farm in Hawaii has been organically certified and has greatly expanded their product line with some unique Kava Kava products that the market has never seen before. With the recent lift of the ban by the FDA, and FDA approval for their farm and manufacturing facility, they have been developing unique products such as cordials, instant Kava drinks (not only do they have a micronized instant kava drink that takes all the mess and frustration out of making a kava drink, they actually taste quite good as well), kava concentrates, as well as an entire line of vegan chocolate products, which they use in their unique kava products as well.
The Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that non-American Indian members of the Native American Church can use peyote in religious ceremonies. In a unanimous decision, the court found in favor of a couple charged in 2000 with drug distribution for providing peyote to members and visitors at their church in Benjamin, about 50 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
Catholics from more than 25 countries are in Rome this week to hammer out a strategy for combating the threat posed to Christianity by “New Age” religions and fads. “Astrologers believe that the Age of Pisces – known to them as the Christian age – is drawing to a close,” explained an exhaustive report on the New Age produced by the Catholic church last year.
Currently, there is no strong evidence that use of cannabis of itself causes psychological or social problems,” such as mental illness or school failure, lead study author Dr. John Macleod of the University of Birmingham in the UK told Reuters Health. There is a great deal of evidence that cannabis use is associated with these things, but this association could have several explanations,”
The principle of freedom of religion supports the freedom of individuals to practice any religion or belief with any form of practice, worship and observation that belief takes. The concept is also generally thought to include the freedom of individuals to change religion or to not follow any religion. The ability to leave or stop religious observations in a religious group is another fundamental aspect of religious freedom.
Conservationists say the rate at which Indonesia is losing its forests has doubled since the 1980s. They say the lowland forests, the richest in the country, will not survive for long on some of the biggest islands. They blame corruption for driving “an epidemic of illegal logging”.
In 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the DEA could not prohibit food companies from using nutritious hemp in their products, even though hemp plants naturally contain trace amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive substance in its close relative marijuana. It was a major victory not only for the Hemp Industries Association and advocates of hemp foods, but also against the DEA’s ongoing efforts to totally ban marijuana and all related sources of THC.
The IRS and FEC are considering rulings that could severely restrict the free speech rights of the Drug Policy Alliance and other issue advocacy groups. The proposed rulings are vague in that they do not clearly state exactly which communications would be illegal. This means that the federal government could selectively enforce the rules in order to clamp down on any speech or advertising it does not approve of or considers politically threatening.
The current and previous presidents of the United States used marijuana. So has presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to drug use. Radio host Rush Limbaugh, who once beat the drums for jailing white junkies, has been through drug treatment.