Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has obviously been chatting to his PR people: he ‘saw’ Salvia being sold in Ocean City and vowed to “Stamp it out” before it “takes root”. Given the relative age of the drug (researchers were looking at it in the 1950s), it’s good to see Gansler with his finger on the pulse.

When Gansler went into “one of those shirt shops where they sale [sic] tee-shirts”, Gansler began harassing the young lady behind the counter. This woman, he says, “had many piercings and tattoos and so forth”; she explained to Gansler that the substance on sale next to the counter was Salvia and he’s been fervently against it ever since. Any particular reason why you don’t like it, Gansler? Oh yeah, because it’s suddenly become very popular not to like it, hasn’t it? And perhaps because it was sold by someone with piercings and tattoos and so forth.

Gansler’s reaction to his ‘discovery’ of this heinous hallucinogenic herb isn’t really surprising: certainly it’s on par with the reaction of pretty much every other lawmaker and politician that has ‘discovered’ the drug over the past few months. It’s clear that these people don’t take notice of the news in the US: Salvia has been plastered all over various forms of media as it is slowly excluded from one state after another. It looks like Maryland will be the next in line to make Salvia illegal.

Maryland is one of the majority of the US states where use, possession and sale of Salvia is still entirely legal.

Gansler’s opinion is that if the states is trying to prevent youngsters from drinking beer but allowing access to what he has decided is a “dangerous hallucinogenic substance” then that is shocking show of double standards. We say it might be, but where’s the proof that Salvia is dangerous? Show us, dear Gansler, show us!