Saturday, July 29, 2006

Salvia to stay legal

Read on.

And yet, pot remains illegal, possessing it an offence worthy of a life-long criminal record.

Let me tell you something about salvia - it messes you up. It is a fun drug. Unlike pot, which just makes you placid, happy, tired and want to consume unhealthy amounts of Kraft Dinner, Reese peanut butter cups, popsicles, popcorn, fruit juice, and other assorted goodies, salvia makes you see things. Oh, I could tell you stories. (But I won't.)

So I have to wonder, why is salvia legal, but pot is apparently the demon seed which must be eradicated to protect our families from its horrible destructive power? (Kind of like alcohol several decades ago!)

Well, it has a lot to do with the fact that pot has long been so demonized, right back to the days when it was made illegal largely due to racism and xenophobia against Mexicans, that people often don't possess the mental capacity to think clearly on the issue. They've been told so much that it's evil that they just accept the absurd claim at face value without even questioning it.

To me one of the single greatest injustices is mostly harmless substances like these being illegal to possess. It's so high on that list because it's so ridiculous - it should be a no-brainer to anyone who even bothered thinking rationally about it. And what's even more absurd is that a majority of people think it ought to be legal anyway - but the politicians still won't even touch it! It's so absurd.


At 7/29/2006 3:01 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Bloody Hell!
Now you've got those same puritan hordes coming down on this poor weed too... what's next? Coffee???

At 7/31/2006 11:58 a.m., Blogger Kyle Carruthers said...

I think what this shows is that it doesnt matter if a law is good or bad, right or wrong--its continued existence depends only on how politically difficult it would be to change that law.

Salvia will remain legal because the anti-prohibitionists would cause such a fuss if they tried to criminalize it; while marijuana remains illegal (despite being a drug many times less powerful than salvia) because the "c"onservative side of the spectrum makes enough of a fuss to keep it as is.

At 9/16/2006 2:35 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just be happy to be able to possess Salvia divinorum without risking to ruin your life. Let's keep it that way.


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