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Salvia Divinorum Action Center

The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics is a nonprofit research, policy, and public education center defending freedom of thought.

We rely on your donations to continue our work.

We are honored to have played a small role in successfully defending the lawful status of Salvia divinorum.

We continue to do what we can:

On May 18, 2005, we sent the following letter (pdf) and brief legal analysis (pdf) of Richard Glen Boire to Louisiana Representative Michael Strain, concerning his bill (HB 20) to outlaw Salvia divinorum and a host of other plants with long-standing religious and medicinal use. We also sent our letter and legal analysis to all 18 members of the Louisiana House Judiciary Committee, which is currently considering the bill.

On January 23, 2005, we sent the following letter (18kb pdf) to Missouri Representative Rachel Bringer, after she introduced a bill in Missouri seeking to place Salvia divinorum in Schedule I. She has followed her first bill with HB 633, which now adds 11 other compounds for scheduling, in addition to Salvia divinorum and its active principle Salvinorin A.

If you support this unique work, please make a donation to the CCLE today, and add a note to your donation telling us you support the defense of Salvia divinorum. You can donate and add a note online right now. Any amount helps, and we listen to you. (See this note for the result of earlier efforts to fund this work.)

See below for additional Salvia defense work by the CCLE.

In 2002, the US Congress considered placing Salvia divinorum into Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act. (See CCLE archive on HR 5607). CCLE sent key members of the US Congress our report on Salvia divinorum and its active principle, along with letters from an array of scientists who expressed concern that scheduling salvia divinorum would negatively impact important research on the plant. HR 5607 failed to pass before Congress adjourned at the end of 2002.

In 2003, two bills introduced in Oregon also failed to pass. The CCLE sent our Salvia divinorum report to all members of the Oregon Judiciary Committee. Both bill's died in that committee upon adjournment.

The CCLE's report provides accurate, balanced information about the plant, and concludes that Salvia divinorum is not an appropriate candidate for scheduling. The report was made possible by donations to the CCLE's Salvia Divinorum Defense Fund.

The CCLE report "Salvia Divinorum and its Active Principle Salvinorin A" has been placed online. A limited number of printed copies of the report are still available for a $20 donation to general CCLE operations. Please make a note in the "comments" section of the form that you'd like a copy of the Salvia report.

We encourage you to support our ongoing work aimed at protecting freedom of thought.

If you are interested in making a major donation that would facilitate reviving the Salvia Divinorum Action Center and the Salvia Divinorum Defense Fund, please e-mail us.

This document provides more specific financial needs for restarting the fund.