Taxpayers’ Time and Money

The recent government focus on the effects of salvia appears to be a distraction from the more important drug issues plaguing the country. Like marijuana, salvia has been used medicinally for centuries; it has also played a key role in native Mexican religious ceremonies. The illegalization of salvia will effectively banish one of the few remaining cultural aspects of a once-powerful people. Naturally, there are some comparisons to be drawn between salvia and the medicinal drug that is now at the forefront of a renewed controversy over government involvement: marijuana. Marijuana has proven to be a powerful remedy for people suffering from chronic pain, and despite a reputation as a “gateway drug”, there is little evidence to pin the expansion of hard drugs into daily society on this mild herb. Similarly, salvia has few, if any, negative long-term effects and a potential to ease hard drug addictions and severe neurological diseases. Perhaps the government should be spending less time attempting to regulate salvia and more time trying to solve the issues of mass heroin addiction in the cities and dangerous cocaine cartels that sell their product in America with no thought for the consequences. The illegalization of marijuana has been widely recognized as a huge missed opportunity for the government to use taxation to increase capital. Additionally, from a social standpoint salvia should be the least of the federal government’s worries. It seems most likely that this new focus on salvia is a political move, engineered to divert the attention of citizens away from the tougher problems that are more expensive and more difficult for the government to fix. There is little money in salvia distribution, compared to cocaine or heroin, and therefore fewer political opponents if the US government wants to make a big statement on drugs by closing down the industry. Buy salvia, and enjoy the opportunity to have a unique, ancient, spiritual experience while you can – because if the government wants to make salvia illegal to set an example or to give a false impression of a drug-free America, that last cultural vestige of the Native Americans that once wandered the Southwest will be gone forever.