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Settlement clears way to complete temple in Arroyo Hondo

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe County Commission has approved a settlement that clears the way for a sect to complete a temple southeast of the city.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1HZ3mHm) members of O Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal have been fighting for their right to build a temple in Arroyo Hondo for more than five years.

O Centro Espírita is a Christian-based sect that uses a hallucinogenic tea concocted from two Amazonian plants as its sacrament.

Temple opponents have voiced concerns about the project’s water use, potential water contamination and traffic generated by the sect’s proposed late-night worship sessions.

The County Commission voted unanimously last week to approve a settlement that would resolve two pending lawsuits over the issue and allow the sect to finish building its temple.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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