A freedom of religion protest was held at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday, and those in attendance were advocating for the right to use peyote as part of their religious observances.
According to a press release from the Tahteya Topa (Four Winds) Native American Church of Utah, the gathering was in protest to a law which bans peyote, which is used as sacrament in the church.
According to a DEA drug fact sheet for peyote and mescaline, peyote is a small, spineless cactus that contains a hallucinogen mescaline. The fact sheet states using mescaline can cause illusions, hallucinations and altered perception of space and time as well as altered body image.
David Hamblin is a member of Tahteya Topa Native American Church of Utah and was among those who attended the protest, and he said the law violates freedom of religion and that the classification as peyote as a hallucinogen is incorrect.