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Payote seller Salvador Johnson holds two peyote buttons. He has about 80, more on his property.
But selling it is barred in every state except for the one where it grows: Texas. Peyote sellers in Texas are required to first register with the U. They must report how much peyote they harvest from the wild, and renew their every year.
Currently, there are only four d peyote distributors in Texas, and one of them is Salvador Johnson. After graduating from high school inJohnson ed the Air Force and was deployed to Vietnam.
He sold peyote for about 18 years. I came out back here and I applied for myand I started selling peyote. But distributors like Salvador Johnson are only allowed to sell peyote to registered members of one religious organization called the Native American Church. To buy it, church members must prove their ancestry.
Mooney has known Johnson for decades — he is the former leader of the Oklevueha branch of the Native American Church. Peyote is a small, round cactus.
It has no thorns, but has unique properties that make it an especially resilient species. Still, wild peyote is on the decline.
Terry has been studying peyote for three decades. He says overharvesting is happening because Texas does not allow for peyote cultivation. But Terry says this attitude towards peyote is nothing new. Native American Church members like Mooney say these laws have been used as a way to persecute their people. But distributors, users and scientists like Terry say it causes no real harm to the human body.
To him, selling it something of a family tradition; he took over the business from his father, and he hopes that will continue after him. Share this story with a friend: Facebook Twitter. The Texas Standard is a partnership of.How to get peyote
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