New Meaning for 'High Tea"
The Supreme Court Friday let stand a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals allowing members of a New Mexico church to drink a hallucinogenic tea as part of its Christmas service.
The legal battle began after federal agents seized 30 gallons of the tea in a 1999 raid on the Santa Fe home of the church's U.S. president, Jeffrey Bronfman. Bronfman sued the government for the right to use the tea and the church won a preliminary injunction, which was upheld by 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
The Bush administration then took the case to the Supreme Court.
"They're delighted," attorney Nancy Hollander said of the church members she represented. "They're so thrilled that they can celebrate Christmas for the first time since 1998."
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