Chacruna Institute Releases Guide to RFRA and Best Practices for Churches in Psychedelic Herbal Medicine | New


SAN FRANCISCO, November 27, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – About 25 November 2021, the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines published its RFRA and Best Practice Guide for Psychedelic Herbal Medicine Churches. This guide is a comprehensive resource on the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act (RFRA) and how a church using psychedelic herbal medicine as a sacrament can be informed by law in terms of its operation and establishment of its rights under the RFRA. Chacruna publishes this guide free to the public, recognizing the need for psychedelic plant medicine church communities in United States for organized and clear information.

“There are hundreds of sincere and legitimate herbal medicine communities operating in United States living in uncertain conditions, ”said Bia Labate, Ph.D., Executive Director of Chacruna. “This guide teaches communities to know their rights and to better protect themselves. When we talk about religious freedom, we are also talking about responsibilities. If we have rights, we also have obligations! This guide provides instructions on how to best follow legal requirements and protocols, including everything from the big picture to the small details. It’s a must read for every sincere practitioner in this country. “

By reading the guide’s explanation of the RFRA test, applicable laws, government criteria, and the history of previous court and government agency decisions and analyzes, a psychedelic herbal medicine church can make informed decisions about how to articulates its sincere religious beliefs and how it works.

This guide is written to simply explain the laws and basic information necessary for a psychedelic plant medicine church to make informed decisions and understand its rights and risks in operating in United States,” noted Allison Hoots, Esq., member of the Chacruna Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants. “We believe that information equals power, and it is the intention of this guide to strengthen psychedelic herbal medicine churches with sincere religious beliefs. An understanding of the law and legal rulings relating to RFRA provides a crucial context for navigating the right to religious exercise. “

While the RFRA provides mechanisms to protect sincere religious exercise, churches using psychedelic herbal remedies are not exempt from criminal prosecution simply for claiming religious use. “The psychedelic renaissance is developing rapidly, but the law is slowly changing. In the time it takes to completely decriminalize and ultimately legalize herbal medicine, practitioners are at risk due to outdated, limited, and ignorant laws that criminalize natural medicines or the sacraments. ” noted Sean McAllister, Esq., member of the board of directors of Chacruna. “In my practice of law, I see many people operating under urban myths around the legality of the plant sacraments. This guide provides a clear overview of the real legal issues associated with the use of the plant sacraments.

The Guide contains basic but essential information, such as how the RFRA case law frames decisions relating to incorporation, tax exemption status, preselection procedures, limitation of liability, emergency procedures, selection of a name, advertising, sacrament matters and other aspects of operation. While every psychedelic herbal medicine church should make legal choices and establish procedures based on their own religious beliefs and with legal advice, this guide emphasizes where such decisions can be reviewed when asserting the claim. right to religious exercise under the RFRA.

“It is essential for the safe and free religious practice of psychedelic herbal medicine churches that they have access to reliable information on best practices for making their communities function as legal organizations in United States. The Guide is an in-depth educational dive into legal jurisprudence that can show churches what they are already doing well, and the blind spots they can have on their organizational structure and operations, ”said Brian anderson, MD, member of the board of directors of Chacruna.

The RFRA Guide to Business and Operational Concerns overview is accessible to practitioners and lawyers, explaining the uncertain landscape of protecting religious exercise with psychedelic herbal remedies.

Chacruna is proud to present the Guide so that psychedelic herbal medicine churches can use this crucial information at a time when such religious use is both burdened by laws and government actions and is recognized more widely and publicly as a practice with integrity. “This immense effort from the Guide underscores Chacruna’s commitment to strengthening the well-being of the church’s psychedelic plant medicine community,” said Robert heffernan, program director of the Chacruna Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants.

At December 15, 2021, To 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET, Chacruna is organizing “Protecting Sincere Psychedelic Churches: Chacruna’s Guide to the Law and Best Practices”, an online launch event for the Guide with a panel of representatives with experience in these specific issues, including Bia Labate, Allison hoot, Jack Money, Mason Marks, and Vicki Kraft. Mark your calendar and join Chacruna and this fantastic panel to launch the RFRA’s Guide and Best Practices for Psychedelic Plant Medicine Churches.

You can register for the event here and download the guide here.

About the Chacruna Institute

The Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Medicines, an organization co-founded by Brazilian anthropologist Dr. Bia Labate and American psychologist Dr. Clancy cavnar, produces high-quality herbal and psychedelic research and helps spread academic knowledge in more accessible formats. We educate the public and create cultural understanding and legitimacy around these substances so that they stop being stigmatized and banned. Chacruna also promotes a bridge between the world of medicinal plants and the emerging field of psychedelic science, between “traditional ceremonial use” and clinical and therapeutic contexts, bringing social science knowledge and perspectives to health professionals and professionals. to practitioners of psychedelic assistance. therapy. Finally, we encourage cultural and political reflections on the field of psychedelic science and facilitate conversations about controversial topics that simmer on the sidelines as psychedelics become mainstream.

About the guide

This guide provides churches with psychedelic herbal remedies using the sacrament in religious exercise in United States the knowledge necessary to understand the mechanisms by which protection is offered under the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act (RFRA). While the RFRA automatically protects sincere religious exercise, not all churches using psychedelic herbal remedies will be exempt from criminal prosecution simply for claiming religious use. The Guide explains the balancing test under the RFRA, which applies scrutiny to all of a church’s religious beliefs, spiritual practices, and sincerity, but where government interests prohibit this use will also be considered. The Guide uses its overview of the law and the RFRA test to outline how psychedelic herbal medicine churches can make informed decisions about incorporation, tax exempt status, screening procedures, limitation of liability, and other aspects of operation. While every psychedelic herbal medicine church should make legal choices and establish procedures based on their own religious beliefs and with legal advice, this guide emphasizes where such decisions can be reviewed when asserting the claim. right to religious exercise under the RFRA.

Download the guide here

Media contact

Francisco Rivarola, Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, 1 415-390-6157, [email protected]

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