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Drug Agency Hopes To Outlaw Hallucinogenic Herb 
Posted by CN Staff on June 22, 2003 at 16:02:09 PT
By Donna Leinwand, USA Today
Source: USA Today 
Washington  Federal drug agents are so concerned about the growing use of a little known and accessible herb with hallucinogenic qualities that they are taking steps to treat it like cocaine, heroin and LSD, and make it illegal.The herb is salvia divinorum, a type of sage that is native to the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range in Mexico and used by shamans there. It can alter perception and induce visions when smoked or chewed.
Salvia emerged in the USA about three years ago. Word spread on the Internet. And now, teenagers and young adults in search of mind-bending experiences are trying it.Its price ranges from $8.95 to $120 an ounce depending on potency. It is sold in "head shops," on the Internet and, in one St. Louis suburb, a record shop in the mall.In St. Peters, Mo., young teens were smoking salvia that they bought at the mall until January, when the Board of Aldermen banned its sale to those under 18. Snipped:  Complete Article: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-06-22-salvia-usat_x.htmSource: USA Today (US)Author: Donna Leinwand, USA TodayPublished: June 22, 2003 Copyright: 2003 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: http://www.usatoday.com/Related Articles & Web Site:Sage Wisdomhttp://www.sagewisdom.org Mystic Herb Catches Fire http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread15815.shtmlA New LSD? - ABCNews.comhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread12411.shtml
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Comment #1 posted by 312 on June 22, 2003 at 17:14:56 PT
Salvia divinorum, the Lady Sage
They don't tell you that within minutes you are absolutely fine, back to normal and perfectly capable of holding a straight conversation with the straightest of straight people, without them suspecting a thing. It is not a concern that people might take it. The war on some plants is taking a step up! We need to respond.Everybody, get a plant and make loads of cuttings. Give the cuttings away and tell everyone to do the same.In New Zealand, no one seems to have a plant (I have one in UK), but you can buy dried leaves for a small fortune.They outlawed it in Australia. Sign the petition to relegalise it.They had a goal of 5000 signiatures, but when I checked, they only had 551 (including mine).Relegalise Diviner's Sage (Salvia divinorum)Dear Ms Patterson, the decision to prohibit Diviner's sage (Salvia divinorum) in Australia was made by an unelected and incompetent committee. The text of the ban was plagiarized from a bulletin board for criminals, and is riddled with rudimentary scientific errors. The committee itself admits there is no evidence to support their claim of a "risk to public health and safety". No other country in the world has banned this plant. 
This ban will cripple world-leading Australian scientific research, and deprive people suffering from a terrible illness of a promising potential therapy. This decision may also result in the long-term imprisonment of otherwise law-abiding Australians. Please show us that Australia is not governed by this unelected and incompetent body, but by our elected representatives, and relegalise Diviner's sage. The Undersigned,Everyone put this link on their websiteshttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/111968454?ts=1056326381&sign[partnerID]=1&sign[memberID]=647379296&sign[partner_userID]=647379296
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