Pubdate: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 Source: Kamloops Daily News (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Kamloops Daily News Contact: http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/679 Author: S. Klein IF YOU WANT A SPIRITUAL HIGH, GO TO CHURCH Re: Your article We Say, Action on Salvia Divinorum. Well over three years ago, 'another' local newspaper did an article highlighting a head shop selling 'Sally-D,' as front-page news. A concentrate of this psychoactive plant is usually produced to the effect of dangerous proportions, as its active chemical acts primarily upon the central nervous system. My response at that time was that just because it is legal in Canada says little about its destructive capabilities. It is a substance that Health Canada should have added to the banned list a long time ago. It took Canada several years to act upon the drug, while other well informed countries took the initiative way before this. I would hope the head shop(s) here in Kamloops have already removed it from their shelves, but if not, no doubt users are stocking up in anticipation of such a move. My final comment in that article was: "If you want a spiritual high, go to church." That being said, another recent Daily News editorial commented on the Church of the Universe in their attempts to legitimize their use of marijuana. So going to church might be the solution rather than a deterrent, for pot (and/or Sally-D) users if it were allowed to be used in what they term a 'sacrament'. Responses on your editorial by such people as Russell Barth sounding like a petulant child in being told no, continues to be a head shaker. As a boomer growing up immersed and surrounded by prevalent drug use, and seeing no great benefit from anyone I know that is a user, I have little tolerance for campaigning legal use of these drugs. A comment on Google from Mr. Barth was found: "The overall scale of Canadian stupidity never fails to amaze me anew." Perhaps for Mr. Barth, and all users, looking in the mirror would certainly justify that remark. S. KLEIN Kamloops - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.