Growing concern about Salvia means not only that parents are increasingly having ‘heart to heart’ talks with their children, but also that some states are going out of their way to ban it. The states are having to take this along step because, as we know, Salvia is entirely legal under federal US drug law.
The US DEA has started down the long road in making Salvia a controlled substance under US Federal law; it is now listed as a “drug of concern” on internal lists.
There are apparently around 3,500 video clips of teens smoking Salvia on YouTube; this exposure in the media popular media has been driving up popularity. The increased press interest in the hallucinogen has also meant an increase in sales from the legal Internet vendors like SalviaDragon.com. Some vendors, reports suggest, have been holding what are essentially ‘closing down’ sales in an attempt to dump their stock before trade is outlawed.
Despite the alleged panic by vendors (in fact invented largely by alarmist popular media) , Salvia definitely remains for sale over the Internet, in smoke shops and even in gas station shops. This availability of course is only in the States that still allow the hallucinogen: only 8 have managed to ban or restrict its sale or use to date.
Parents, lawmakers and politicians are asking why Salvia has not yet been banned. A better question to ask may be why the sudden furore? Salvia has been around for many years and has been perfectly accepted until recently. There is no medical proof that it has any adverse effects and, in fact, some medical researchers are of the opinion that it might actually help research into degenerative illnesses like Alzheimer’s’. Does this sound like a heinous drug that should be banned? Of course not. Does it sound like something that politicians can get some easy points for if they convince parents of its evils? Of course it does.
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