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Making things illegal

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This story in the NY Times on salvia (Salvia divinorum) and its effects is quite interesting. Salvia is a plant of the mint family that, when smoked (or chewed or ingested) acts as a hallucinogen. As noted in the article:

Though research is young and little is known about long-term effects, there are no studies suggesting that salvia is addictive or its users prone to overdose or abuse. Indeed, a salvia experience can be so intense, and at times so unsettling, that many try it just once, and even devotees use it sparingly.

Reports of salvia-related emergency room admissions are virtually nonexistent, likely because its effects typically vanish in just a few minutes.

In spite of its being (so far as we know) non-addictive and its users not given to overdose or abuse, many states are making it illegal. I can’t figture out why, except that those who use it seem to enjoy it, on the whole. The DEA hasn’t acted to make it illegal—and I can’t figure out why it should be illegal.

Any ideas why it should be outlawed?

Written by Leisureguy

9 September 2008 at 8:42 am

Posted in Daily life, Government

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  1. Same reason marijuana is illegal: it offends the puritanical sensibilities of our fellow Americans.

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    scott

    9 September 2008 at 8:53 am

  2. Simple. If you actually felt good, you might stop buying all the shit corporate America produces to give you the illusion that you feel good. Remember: All advertising and the entire corporate complex is intended to make you feel BAD, so you can try to feel better by buying their crap.

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    Steve

    9 September 2008 at 9:27 am


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