Salvia Divinorum September 2003 Update
This update is online at: Sept03_update.htm

Earlier this year, Oregon legislators introduced two bills concerning the plant Salvia divinorum. After receiving the CCLE's written report Salvia Divinorum and its Active Principle, Salvinorin A, both bills are now dead.

The CCLE sent our 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.


Senate bill 592 was introduced earlier this year by Oregon Senators Devlin (D) and Deckert (D). SB 592 would have made it a crime to distribute Salvia divinorum to an individual under 21 years of age, a crime punishable by a year in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.  A similar ordinance was passed earlier this year in the city of St. Peters, Missouri. Senate bill 592 received 1 public hearing in the Oregon Judiciary Committee and died in committee upon adjournment.

HB 3485, the harsher of the two bills, was introduced by Rep. Billy Dalto (R) in March 2003. If HB 3845 had passed, possession of Salvia divinorum or salvinorin A would have been a criminal offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, a $200,000 fine, or both.  Delivery would have been punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, a maximum $300,000 fine, or both. HB 3845 also died in the Oregon Judiciary Committee upon adjournment.

HB 3845 Text  | SB 592 Text

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