Supreme Court Sides with Church in Dispute over Drug-laced Tea

SUPREME COURT (AP) _ The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a small congregation in New Mexico can use hallucinogenic tea in its religious rituals. It's the first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts.

In the ruling, Roberts wrote that federal drug agents should have been barred from confiscating the tea. The tea contains an illegal drug known as DMT.

But it's considered a sacred part of a four-hour ceremony conducted by the congregation twice a month. Members of the Brazil-based church believe they can understand God only by drinking the tea.

Roberts says the Bush administration failed to demonstrate how it could ban what he termed a "sincere religious practice."