Salvia should not be condemned

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Earlier this year, SB 38 was submitted to our Legislature, which would add Salvia Divinorum to the state's list of scheduled (controlled) substances.

Thankfully, this bill will allow controlled use for medical research. Because here we have another herb fallen victim to the power of the federal and state government.

Some of Salvia's top effects are listed as a contemplative sense of peace, a sense of profound understanding and uncontrollable laughter.

Surely the federal and state government must be fully aware that we have too much of this already in our society, so why not ban it instead?

After all, there are no known health risks associated with its use. And its medicinal use could effect the sales of OTCs, alcohol and tobacco. All things we can't let happen, now can we?

No one opposed SB 38 moving forward in turn possibly forever banning hojas de Maria Pastora, or the leaves of Mary Shepherdess, which is one of many sacred names given to Salvia Divinorum, so it was done, as that is their protocol.

I forgive our state government for condemning Salvia before even giving it a chance. As they do say, ignorance is bliss.

Dustin Lee Billings


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