Our request for a Section 56 Exemption to import and serve our Sacrament in our rituals has been officially granted.
The main concerns of Health Canada:
- *The health and safety of the members and visitors;
- *Non-Diversion of the Santo Daime sacrament; that is, authorized ritual use only.
Health Canada needed to ensure that:
- *The Santo Daime is a legitimate religion;
- *The sacrament is safe when served within the ritual norms, and with the appropriate screening for participants;
- *Céu de Toronto is a non-profit & legal entity in good standing;
- *Céu de Toronto is a single-sacrament church;
- *The church leader is qualified;
- *Only designated members of Céu de Toronto, who are registered with the Office of Controlled Substances, are able to import, transport, possess, and serve the Santo Daime sacrament on behalf of the church;
- *The supply of the sacrament comes from a legitimate, registered Brazilian Santo Daime Church;
- *International transportation and shipping of the sacrament adheres to guidelines established by the Office of Controlled Substances;
- *The sacrament is stored, transported, and served under the guidelines established by the Office of Controlled Substances;
- *Members and Visitors are screened for any health or contraindications;
Through our efforts, we have made it possible, in principle, for others to obtain an exemption; however, the exemption granted to Céu de Toronto does not mean that the use of Ayahuasca, or the Santo Daime sacrament, is legal in Canada. Each legitimate organization must apply to Health Canada for its own exemption, and for all information regarding the exemption process. Any importation or activities conducted with Ayahuasca or Santo Daime without a Section 56 exemption from Health Canada remains illegal in Canada.
WE THANK ALL WHO HAVE MADE LEGALIZATION OF THE SANTO DAIME POSSIBLE IN CANADA.
WE ENCOURAGE OPEN DIALOG BETWEEN LEADERS, GOVERNMENTS, AND PEOPLES TO PROTECT THIS FREEDOM.