Proposed state legislation against Salvia Divinorum in Alabama, New York,Pennsylvania, Georgia and South Carolina are being challenged this month by online salvia retailer FreshSalvia.com. These states are attempting to classify this plant as a drug, in order to promote anti-drug legislation against its sale or use. The Nevada based company hopes to keep Salvia Divinorum legal with help from the general public.
Both parties for and against the sale of salvia divinorum agree that the substance is powerful, but there is strong debate between those who support further research of Salvia and those who are against it over whether it is a danger to society. In response to the proposed bans, Fresh Salvia has released an in-depth article containing advice on how to combat & win a petition. You can read the article at:
One excerpt reads: '...the Federal government has classified it (Salvia). (...) it does not meet the standards for typical DEA emergency action - it is not addictive, it poses no threat due to overdose, and it might indeed have many medical applications, including analgesic and anti-addictive properties.'
The article goes on to advise supporters to check proposed bills each winter when they are put forward for approval the following year, and oppose any that appear via email and snail mail immediately. They also advise that supporters of salvia attend public hearings and openly speak out against the bans, prepared with government statistics and copies of their own testimonies to hand out.
“Anti-drug crusaders have been led to believe they have an easy win against the legality of Salvia” says FreshSalvia.com CEO Mark Taylor, “but the reality is that the Federal government can't classify it. The DEA has Salvia Divinorum classified as a 'substance of concern' but nothing more.”
Online salvia divinorum retailer FreshSalvia.com hope that their advice prompts salvia supporters to protest in the states where bans are proposed. With public hearings approaching this spring, it should be a matter of weeks before advocates of the plant will know if they are still free to buy and sell it in those states proposing bans against this plant.