Meet the pastor of Maine’s new hallucinogenic church

Derek Januszewski, founder and pastor on the new Pachamama Sanctuary in Casco, is raring to get a recent begin in Maine after run-ins with officers in New Hampshire and he desires locals to know they don’t have anything to concern from his 40-acre retreat middle the place devotees will imbibe hallucinogenic tea whereas in search of to heal their religious illnesses.

“I invite anyone who finds what we’re doing triggering to open their minds and think about that this medication may help lots of people and there’s no proof of habit or adverse social penalties,” Januszewski mentioned.

Januszewski closed the church’s Canterbury, New Hampshire, location final 12 months after a protracted run-in with native officers over zoning and constructing code issues. City officers finally filed an injunction. Januszekski and the city reached a settlement that required him to stop holding occasions on the property there. Had he not, Januszewski would have needed to pay almost $50,000 in fines and court docket prices.