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Salvia Divinorum Banned, Costing Ohio >$100K for What?

For less than $100,000 a year, the state of Ohio could have provided a full tuition scholarship to Ohio State University for ten kids. Instead, at a cost of more than $100,000 a year, the state of Ohio has decided to ban the hallucinogenic herb salvia divinorum. Salvia will be classed as a Schedule I drug, the most dangerous class mandating the most heavy prison terms. All this because… once, there was a kid somewhere who smoked salvia once, and then later, he killed someone.

Coming up next week, the state of Ohio will be banning alcohol. Right?

19 comments to Salvia Divinorum Banned, Costing Ohio >$100K for What?

  • Holupee

    And handguns and martial arts weapons are absolutely necessary to keep us free, right?

  • Tom

    The War On Drugs (which is what some see the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts as . . .) – the gift that keeps on giving (taking?).

    When are they going to launch the War on War?

  • julia

    that’s ridiculous

  • fun fact: sometimes crazy people do drugs, and the drugs have nothing to do with the fact that they’re crazy. it’s statistics.

    this is inane.

  • At this rate we’ll have so many plants on the banned substance list that grows everywhere like a weed.Not that I’m suggesting anything cause that would cause all kinds of problems.I’m still amazed that they banned LSD.Quite a list since they banned that.This is tyranny telling us we can’t eat what grows wild on the ground.Insipid arguments from cowardly men that work in dark rooms and build prisons to make more money.

  • JD

    Although I agree that spending that sort of money is asinine, especially when the whole country is in deficit, I do see the potential harm in Salvia when used by inexperienced youth for the purposes of getting high. I would also like to read the WHOLE article on that teenager who killed someone, just to get the full NON BIAS story.

  • Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive mint, used in traditional spiritual practices by the Mazatec people of Mexico and is legal in both Mexico and the United States. However, three states have banned the leafy green, making its possession — like that of heroin or cocaine — a felony.

  • JasonD

    If I was “Tricked”, into taking this stuff, like “Date-rape”… I might try to kill the moron who unsuspectingly drugged me with something that I did not want to take. (If that is what happened. They need to make a new law, which punishes those people who give others unprescribed substances, without their knowledge of the substance. Oh wait, they already have a law for that.)

    One case is not what made them go on this witch-hunt. Read deeper, and you will see that the “Alcohol and tobacco” companies have funded this law in every state. Amazing that the government finds it legal for the two largest teen-killers to create laws that ensure that teens only have two legal choices to abuse, tobacco and alcohol. Just like they did, and do, for marijuana.

    It has nothing to do with safety, or harm, or protection. The reactions are no more dramatic than the reactions of dreaming, sleep-walking, and cheering for your home-team or favorite Olympic champ to win. (Flailing arms in disbelief, or reaching for surfaces which only exist in your head.)

    From the outside looking in, this is as scary as seeing your lover wake-up, start mumbling something about an ice-cream-truck filled with monkeys, as they attempt to stand, and walk to the pantry, and stare into space. Eventually, they come back to bed, and go back to sleep, or you wake them, and they freak out, wondering how they go in the kitchen, and why they are looking in the pantry. Amazingly, they don’t quite remember saying anything about monkeys or ice-cream. That is why it is called a dream.

    We don’t only see with our eyes, and we don’t need drugs to see what is in our heads, with our eyes closed. The only threat of real harm, comes from the idiots who are breaking other existing laws, and giving this to unsuspecting people, or doing this where it is clearly not safe to sleep-walk. But like I said, the law they made was not made by them.

    Most laws outlaw all salvia, even though only one plant has this effect. That makes all MINTS illegal. Some even made “All contents within salvia”, illegal… this would include water, air, chlorophyll, roots, cells, leaves, flowers… Great law… Obviously written by the alcohol and tobacco companies. Now water, air, and plants are illegal, because salvia has those.

  • Ohioan

    Hey the story on the kid goes something like this . The kid was drunk off hes ass and thought that it would be a good idea to get high on BOTH marajuanna and salvia then he wanted to drive his car to see if he could do it. his dumbass friend got in the car with him and he crashed into a telephone pole killing his friend… Thats so Fked u that the use this to bann something

  • Rob

    Thankfully, there’s still a lot of other stuff that’s legal and will do as much. Shhhhhhh, don’t tell them about it. Entheogens Rock! To paraphrase Terrence McKenna, “If our right to the ‘Pursuit of happiness’ doesn’t also include the right to use the mind altering chemicals that humans have used for millenniums then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the Hemp it’s written on!”

  • Michael

    Okay then, how about the hemp that the U.S. Constitution was written on? Seeing how that is the legal document that “rules” this country and all…… ;)

  • Ht134

    Why do you guys do drugs? Do you feel it has some benifit? Do you not see how it affects people be society? I’m not yelling or preaching–I’d seriously like to hear what you think and why you do drugs.

    • Jim

      Well, just speaking for myself, I don’t do drugs, except having smoked salvia divinorum twice as a legal public expression about the war on drugs. (OK, OK, I do drink coffee, and that’s a drug. Do you drink coffee, Ht134?) You don’t have to be a regular user of a drug to have an interest in thinking or talking about drug policy. I’m not sure it’s fair to assume that everyone who’s written in the comments is a drug user.

  • Will we ever stop the drug war?

  • welllllllllllllllll now… If a person or persons are dumb enough to get ate up on different drugs let them do so. But don’t take money away from kids for their education. This is unreal. Have you ever been to Tijuana, Mexico. If you have you can see how easy it would be to cross the border with large amounts of dope. But our government does not give dog crap wheather the dope comes or not, or they would stop it. (period) The dope won’t stop until we get government officials that care about drug abuse. Stop Ohio Government Stupidity.

  • Jacob

    As an ex drug user who spent 10 years in and out of rehab I do have to say that banning it does no good. People will get what they want, the risk of getting it just gets higher…

  • It isn’t a war on drugs, it’s a war on people. :(

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