Pubdate: Sun, 04 Apr 2010
Source: Minnesota Daily (U of MN,  Minneapolis, MN Edu)
Copyright: 2010 Minnesota Daily
Author: David Zak


Minnesota's proposed ban on salvia is completely absurd  given the
drug's effects. It is not an addictive drug,  and there are hundreds
of species naturally growing all  over the world. The only proven
consequence is the  possible hallucinogenic effect that lasts up to
fifteen  minutes. Based on this effect, scientists are able to
monitor certain brain activity that could lead to  breakthroughs in
the treatment of various mental  illnesses including schizophrenia and

But none of this is important enough for the various  legislators who
want to ban salvia based on some  ill-conceived notion that it is evil
and will greatly  contribute to the moral downfall of our country.
Salvia  has no proven long-term effect on overall health,  including
brain function, and may help improve the  lives of those suffering
from mental illness. Now, tax  payer dollars will have to cover the
costs of every  'crime' committed. To instill fear based on a lack of
solid consequential evidence does a complete disservice  the American

David Zak,  University undergraduate student 
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