Pubdate: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 Source: Leduc Representative (CN AB) Copyright: 2011 Osprey Media Contact: http://www.leducrep.com/feedback1/LetterToEditor.aspx Website: http://www.leducrep.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2265 Author: Chad Wentworth EDUCATION IS KEY TO DRUG AWARENESS Editor, There has never been a more misunderstood culture as the one we are faced with in this never-ending war against harmful drugs. We are all concerned about our youth purchasing and consuming hallucinogenic substances. Rather than continue to seek a legal recourse every time some new substance makes the headlines, it would be so much better to focus on public education! One thing you can count on is the availability of information on which to make educated decisions. A recent article outlines concerns raised by the Leduc Community Drug Action Committee regarding the sale of salvia and Happy Shaman Herbs in our community. As members of this community, we felt it prudent to share information with you regarding these products. Be assured, our intent is to educate, not to create further controversy. Shaman herbs are not something new, and have been used for centuries for ceremonial and spiritual applications. Happy Shaman Herbs is simply a variety of blends made available for such purposes. These herbs are not meant for human consumption, but rather, incense to be burned during such ceremonies. It is not synthetic cannabis and, unlike tobacco products, it is not full of chemicals. Shaman throughout time have applied the use of such herbs in a variety of manners, from spiritual enlightenment, to healing, to communication with one's inner-self. None of these herbs are illegal, nor are they marketed for their hallucinogenic properties. It is unfortunate that these substances sometimes find their way into the hands of those not educated as to their use and purpose. Often it is a lack of information that creates fear and compels people to react in some manner deemed appropriate by their peers. Turning to the legal system to protect us from a lack of information and understanding simply helps create the society we are trying so hard to avoid. The availability of such products like salvia and Happy Shaman herbs is inevitable as it serves its purpose in providing legal alternatives for those seeking such a culture. Would you rather our family members be labelled as criminals for the simple possession of such substances? It is such a shame that we as Canadians are not deemed intelligent enough ourselves to make informed, educated decisions regarding any product we may choose to purchase. Instead we seek a legal system that has so far failed in preventing harmful activities surrounding the illegal drug trade. Smoke shops in our communities provide natural, legal alternatives to those of legal age. Contrary to popular belief, these substances are not sold to anyone under the age of 18. Want more information on the subject? Please feel free to drop by one of the shops in your area to personally educate yourself on the matter. Chad Wentworth The Chad Smoke Shop 420 - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.