Let them hallucinate: Salvia to be illegal
What lawmakers don't realize is that by making one drug illegal kids don't simply look for the next best legal thing, they start buying from drug dealers and head close to the path of hard drugs. [q
Web sites touting the mind-blowing powers of Salvia divinorum, come-ons
to buy the hallucinogenic herb are accompanied by warnings: "Time is
running out!" and "stock up while you still can."
salvia is being targeted by lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive
and easy-to-obtain plant could become the next marijuana. Eight states
have already placed restrictions on salvia, and 16 others, including
Florida, are considering a ban or have previously.
"As soon as we
make one drug illegal, kids start looking around for other drugs they
can buy legally. This is just the next one," said Florida state Rep.
Mary Brandenburg, who has introduced a bill to make possession of
salvia a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
say legislators are overreacting to a minor problem, but no one
disputes that the plant impairs judgment and the ability to drive.
to Mexico and still grown there, Salvia divinorum is generally smoked
but can also be chewed or made into a tea and drunk.
nicknames like Sally-D, Magic Mint and Diviner's Sage, salvia is a
hallucinogen that gives users an out-of-body sense of traveling through
time and space or merging with inanimate objects. Unlike hallucinogens
like LSD or PCP, however, salvia's effects last for a shorter time,
generally up to an hour.