Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Yesterday It Was Chocolate. Today, . . .

Scarcity of peyote means hard times for dealers: "RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas -- When the state of Texas licensed him as a peyote distributor in 1990, Mauro Morales put a sign in his front yard with his name and phone number: 'Peyote Dealer. Buy or Sell Peyote.'

His neighbors balked, saying calling so much attention to his trade had to be against the law. 'So I called Austin and said, 'I think everything's legal. I've got the paperwork. Can't I put up a sign?'' Morales recalled.

Twenty years later, the sign still stands, but it's harder than ever for Morales to make a living. The hallucinogenic cactus is becoming more difficult to find because many ranchers have stopped allowing peyote harvesters on their land, preferring to plow the grayish-green plant under so cattle can graze. Others now lease their property to deer hunters or oil and gas companies."

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


Seepy Benton said...

No more chocolate covered peyote?

Anonymous said...

Do they serve that at The Heart Attack Grill?