A lawmaker from Massachusetts, Vinny deMacedo, first heard of Salvia only recently. Once he saw (through the wonders of YouTube) the effects of the drug, he decided to introduce a bill to ban Salvia in the Bay State. Whether the worst bit about all this is that Vinny deMacedo has an impressionable mind or whether it’s that he decides on which bills to push from an evening watching YouTube (which is, of course, factual documentary at its best) is open to debate. We just think it’s the giveaway sign of another clueless politician jumping on the ‘Ban Salvia‘ bandwagon.

Vinny D went on to impart some words of wisdom:

Certainly, if you were driving a car (on Salvia) that would be a bad thing

Personally I drive cars on the road, but I think I understand what he’s trying to get at. It still doesn’t make much sense, though: if I were trying to drive while under the influence of alcohol then that would be a bad thing too. It doesn’t mean that people are clamouring across the country to ban alcohol. If I drive while I’m asleep then that’s a bad thing too. You get the point. Banning the use of Salvia while driving seems completely sensible, and I would applaud any such law. Banning something because it can potentially be dangerous in the wrong hands is just ridiculous. Guns, anyone?

The first arrest for the possession of Salvia occurred last month. Police in North Dakota (where Salvia was made illegal last August) arrested a man who had, by his own admission, an interest in spiritual searching. The gentleman faces up to five years in year for his indiscretion. While I would have to do some searching, I’m confident that I can pull up examples of where child molesters were treated more leniently.

The recent outbursts of opinion from people over the dangers of Salvia are unwarranted and alarmist. It all smacks of a 1982 ‘Big Brother’ situation where lawmakers are deciding what is best for us. If we don’t agree with them then it’s off to the Big House we go. What a shame.