Salvia Divinorum Action Center
Friday January 3, 2003
The St. Peters ordinance
discussed below was passed on January 23, 2003.
First Local Restrictions
on the Sale of Salvia Divinorum Proposed
Introduced last October by U.S. Representative Joe Baca (D-Calif.),
HR 5607 or the Hallucinogen Control Act
of 2002, would have added Salvia divinorum and its active
principle, Salvinorin A, to Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances
Act. The bill died in committee last month when the 107th
Congress adjourned. Baca said the bill was intended to “create awareness”
about the dangers of Salvia, which he likens to Ecstasy before it was
outlawed, and has vowed to introduce a similar bill when the 108th
Congress convenes later this month.
Authorities in St. Peters, Missouri, who describe the plant as “chewable
marijuana,” apparently share Congressman Baca’s concerns. St. Peters police
claim to have witnessed a recent increase in the popularity of Salvia
use among teen-agers, prompting police chief Tom Bishop to urge city
officials to pass an ordinance outlawing the sale of Salvia divinorum
to anyone under the age of 18.
the meantime, local stores that sell Salvia in leaf or concentrate
form are cooperating with police efforts to restrict sales to minors.
Nevertheless, department spokesman Sergeant Dave Kuppler said the ordinance
is needed to give police “as much ability to control [Salvia] as the
law can allow.”
If the St. Peters ordinance
is passed in the absence of federal or state regulation it will be the first
of its kind nationwide.
Stay up-to-date with the
latest developments in efforts to outlaw Salvia divinorum by visiting
Salvia Divinorum Action Center.
And please consider making a contribution to the
Salvia Defense Fund
to help CCLE continue to oppose the inappropriate scheduling of this
visionary plant. For a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more
you will receive a copy of the CCLE report, Salvia divinorum: Information
Concerning the Plant and its Active Principle.
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