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1 CN ON: Getting High On SalviaFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Gamble, Susan Area:Ontario Lines:122 Added:03/10/2017

Use of hallucinogenic drug has recently sent at least three people to hospital

The first signs of a problem were sounds of retching from her 15-year-old son's bedroom and a thump.

Sandra and her boyfriend got up from their seats in the living room and ran to the Brantford teen's bedroom to find him having a seizure.

"He was convulsing and twisting in a grotesque way," says Sandra, who asked that her real name not be used.

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2 US CA: Column: Cannabis Not Always A Benign BudFri, 02 Sep 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Abcarian, Robin Area:California Lines:148 Added:09/02/2016

As Voters Ponder Prop. 64, Experts Cite the Effects Pot Can Have on Young Users.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Devan Fuentes made it all the way through San Clemente High School without drinking or using drugs. He vividly remembers the first time he smoked pot. He was visiting a friend at Occidental College, and decided the moment had come.

"They brought out a giant three-foot bong," Fuentes told me the other day in a rustic coffee shop tucked into this town's historic Los Rios neighborhood. "I heard a lot of people don't get high their first time, so I held it in for a long time, one large hit. Immediately, I couldn't feel my legs."

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3 UK: OPED: The Legal Highs Ban Will Have Only One Result - MoreWed, 01 Jun 2016
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Nutt, David Area:United Kingdom Lines:112 Added:06/02/2016

This Act Drives Users Back Towards Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, the Most Dangerous Substance of Them All

With the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, ministers last week banned the sale or procurement of any substance that has psychoactive activity, regardless of whether it is harmless or even useful. The sole exceptions are alcohol, nicotine products and caffeine.

The main justification for this draconian piece of legislation is to make it easy for the police and local authorities to close down "head shops", or at least to stop them selling so-called legal highs: drugs such as nitrous oxide; some synthetic cannabinoids, salvia, and some weak stimulants known as bubbles or sparkle. The act is based on the false premise that legal highs are responsible for up to 100 deaths a year, when in fact the true number is fewer than 10. Media hysteria about the use of nitrous oxide by a few footballers and a dislike of young people doing something different from their parents has also played a part.

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4 UK: The Party's Over? Legal High Ban Could End Shop SalesThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Travis, Alan Area:United Kingdom Lines:129 Added:05/26/2016

Critics of Law Say Trade Will Simply Shift Underground

Whipped Cream Chargers May Come Under Suspicion

The blanket ban on the trade in legal highs which comes into force today is expected to end their sale through high street "head shops" and UK-based websites almost overnight, police and trading standards officers have said.

But there are fears that the trade in new psychoactive substances (NPS) as they are officially known will move underground to illegal street markets and the darknet, the network of untraceable and hidden websites.

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5 South Africa: Whose View Will Dominate in SA's Dagga Debate?Thu, 21 Apr 2016
Source:Business Day (South Africa) Author:Nevin, Tom Area:South Africa Lines:122 Added:04/21/2016

THE stalled Medical Innovation Bill, which seeks legality for dagga as a medical therapeutic adjunct and greater freedom for its recreational use, will need significant surgery if it is to become law.

The bill, tabled by the late Mario Ambrosini in 2014, went through Parliament unopposed, but has been wheel-spinning ever since. It is hopelessly bogged down - primarily over the liberalisation of dagga for commercial and recreational use.

Charles Parry, director of the alcohol, tobacco and other drug research unit at the South African Medical Research Council, says that before medicinal dagga can be made more widely available - for conditions, such as chronic pain, in which the evidence of benefit is strongest - policy makers will need to consider issues such as safe supply and regulation.

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6 US CA: Our Writer Gets Lifted and Reviews Batman V. SupermanThu, 14 Apr 2016
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Siino, Anthony Area:California Lines:102 Added:04/14/2016

Can a Higher Perspective Change Your Mind About Art?

When a major movie or new album comes out, critical consensus snowballs into cultural consciousness and soon enough we find ourselves saying things like, "I haven't seen that, but I know it's trash." We all know how we're supposed to feel about certain pieces of media, often without even seeing or listening to it. But I wanted to see if I could break free from the zeitgeist-with the help of some OG Kush.

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7 CN QU: Edu: The Highs And Lows Of LegalizationTue, 15 Mar 2016
Source:Concordian, The (CN QU Edu) Author:Stein, Jessie Area:Quebec Lines:121 Added:03/16/2016

Gonzo Nieto and the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy Aim to Change Global Drug Policy

"I experienced my own death," said Gonzo Nieto.

It was the summer before he was leaving for university. Taking his parents car and picking up a few friends, they went to the local head shop and bought a bong, a torch flame lighter and a bag of Salvia.

Salvia Divinorum, is a plant that when smoked leaves a person in a haze of hallucinations. It's often the choice for people experimenting because until recently, it was been legal to buy from head shops.

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8 Canada: Weeding Out SalviaWed, 26 Aug 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Cooley, Sam Area:Canada Lines:66 Added:08/27/2015

Next February, the Psychedelic Plant Will Find Itself on a List of Controlled Drugs

A potent psychedelic herb will soon be outlawed to sell, export or produce, but will remain legal to simply possess, the Sun has learned.

Salvia Divinorum is a species of sage smoked or chewed by users to produce short-lasting but powerful visions used ritualistically by native groups in regions of Mexico, where the plant originates.

It's also "widely touted as a legal hallucinogen on the Internet, and has also been reported to be used as an alternative to illicit drugs among adolescents and young adults," according to Health Canada.

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9 CN NF: 'Mom, I'm In Trouble'Tue, 25 Aug 2015
Source:Compass, The (CN NF) Author:Jenkins, Melissa Area:Newfoundland Lines:165 Added:08/26/2015

Mother of 17-year-old drug addict discusses problems with system

* Names have been changed to protect the identity of the youth and his family.

* This story deals with graphic subject matter and may not be suitable for all readers.

It's a mother's worst nightmare, getting the call saying her child was severely injured, or worse, dead.

That is what Cathy experienced earlier this month when her teenage son called her unexpectedly.

"I knew something wasn't right because my phone was vibrating differently, not like a text message," Cathy told The Compass at her home last week. "It was Steven. He said, 'Mom I'm in trouble. I tried to off myself.'"

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10 US WA: Column: Doo-Bie or Not Doo-Bie . . . What Was theWed, 19 Aug 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:107 Added:08/20/2015

Evidence, textual and physical, about the Bard's indulgence.

Wanna know how William Shakespeare was so far ahead of his time in regard to wondrous wordplay and wildly imaginative scenes and sonnets? Well, it could be that the loquacious Bard was hitting the bong! According to a recent report in The Independent, forensic analysis of 400-year-old fragments found cannabis residue on pipes and stems scattered on Shakespeare's property.

A team from the Institute of Evolutionary Studies in South Africa conducted a chemical analysis of the 17th-century artifacts, excavated in 2001, from Stratford-on-Avon, and found marijuana on eight of 24 clay samples on the grounds, including four pot-positive pipes from his own garden.

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11 CN AB: Grey-Area Drug Sold In FortThu, 20 Mar 2014
Source:Fort Saskatchewan Record, The (CN AB) Author:Proulx, Ben Area:Alberta Lines:165 Added:03/24/2014

This story is Part 1 of 2 surrounding the issue of synthetic cannabinoids and their local availability

A local store connected to the sale of a synthetic cannabinoid has fallen into a grey area of Canadian law.

River City Cigars, located on Westpark Boulevard in Fort Saskatchewan, has been selling "Spirit 420," a "herbal incense" - the brand of which was connected with synthetic cannabinoids in a March 2013 investigation in Medicine Hat.

"Cannabinoids originate from marijuana. These are synthetic cannabinoids that are basically made in a lab," said Bradley Mitchelmore, a clinical assistant professor with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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12 CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Research Gives Important ResultsSun, 29 Dec 2013
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Davies, Gareth Area:British Columbia Lines:45 Added:12/30/2013

Re: "Medical pot tests marketed," Dec. 24.

Hurrah for such a good piece of journalism reporting on the important work of Victoria-based Compassionate Analytics, pointing out that marijuana contains two active ingredients, THC, which attracts recreational use, and CBD, the medicinal part of the plant, used as an effective painkiller. Only good can come from such knowledge.

We should support the production and sale of marijuana high in CBD and low in THC. Such sales should be legalized and not provide the user with a criminal record of any kind, and thereby allow persons in pain much needed relief without problems with the law.

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13 Philippines: Editorial: Health As Your New HighWed, 26 Jun 2013
Source:Sunstar Davao (Philippines)          Area:Philippines Lines:101 Added:06/30/2013

TODAY, June 26, is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The day was designated as such by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly through Resolution 42/112 dated December 7, 1987.

In declaring such, "(T)he General Assembly recognized that despite continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, the safety and well-being of humanity, in particular young people, and the national security and sovereignty of States, and that it undermines socio-economic and political stability and sustainable development."

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14 US CT: Synthetic Marijuana Cases New To AuthoritiesSun, 16 Jun 2013
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Florin, Karen Area:Connecticut Lines:194 Added:06/17/2013

It's a new chapter in the War on Drugs.

Police, courts and the state forensic laboratory say they are dealing with more cases involving synthetic cannabinoids and other designer drugs since the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection passed regulations banning fake marijuana, bath salts and salvia last year.

The case of Souhail S. Elkhoury, owner of Corey's Petroleum convenience stores in Groton and East Lyme, is one of the first synthetic marijuana cases on the New London Superior Court's major crime docket.

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15 CN NF: Synthetic drugs: Deadly And In DemandSat, 08 Jun 2013
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Sweet, Barb Area:Newfoundland Lines:179 Added:06/11/2013

RCMP speculates the difficulty in detecting them in workplace tests could be behind their popularity

The rise in popularity of synthetic drugs in the province is the top concern for an RCMP officer tasked with drug and organized crime awareness. The rise in popularity of synthetic drugs in the province is the top concern for an RCMP officer tasked with drug and organized crime awareness.

And those drugs include a variety of the highly addictive substance known as bath salts.

"Absolutely, because there is not enough known about some of them," said Sgt. Stephen Conohan, the RCMP provincial co-ordinator for drugs and organized crime awareness, and the lead instructor on clandestine drug labs. "Minute quantities can cause very adverse reactions."

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16 CN ON: Legal Herb Has Hallucinogenic Effect When SmokedTue, 07 May 2013
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Fisher, Pete Area:Ontario Lines:118 Added:05/11/2013

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY - It's on the street, it's dangerous and it's legal.

It's called salvia divinorum, and comes in different strengths.

There is "standardized" salvia and there is "extreme" salvia that says "horse killer" on the package. But there are many other forms.

"It is called 'horse killer' because of its extra ordinary power and deep trip," it says on the back of the package.

Though packages say the product is for incense only, on the street people are smoking it like marijuana.

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17 CN ON: Editorial: Outlawing Soft Drugs Proven Not To WorkWed, 08 May 2013
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:05/11/2013

An apparent reluctance to outlaw the hallucinogenic herb salvia could mean we are learning something from expensive, wasteful and ineffective attempts at controlling soft drugs.

Prohibition and the mockery the Roaring Twenties made of it are still the prime example, with marijuana laws a close second.

Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive variety of salvia, a type of sage that is part of the mint family. It causes a short but intense hallucinogenic experience.

There have been sporadic campaigns to add salvia to the federal Controlled Substances Act. Health Canada two years ago suggested the herb could be declared a Stage III drug under the act along with LSD and mescaline. That would be one stage lower than marijuana and one higher than steroids and most barbiturates. Stage III status would make it illegal to have, sell, cultivate or produce salvia divinorum.

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18 CN ON: Legal Herb Salvia Packs A Hallucinogenic PunchTue, 07 May 2013
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Fisher, Pete Area:Ontario Lines:114 Added:05/11/2013

It's on the street, it's dangerous and it's legal.

It's called salvia divinorum, and comes in different strengths.

There is "standardized" salvia and there is "extreme" salvia that says "horse killer" on the package. But there are many other forms.

"It is called 'horse killer' because of its extraordinary power and deep trip," it says on the back of the package.

Though packages say the product is for incense only, on the street people are smoking it like marijuana.

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19 US CT: Committee Postpones Vote On Medical MarijuanaWed, 27 Mar 2013
Source:Middletown Press, The (CT) Author:Stuart, Christine Area:Connecticut Lines:77 Added:03/29/2013

The Regulations Review Committee postponed action Tuesday on changing marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug as it prepares to legalize the drug for medical purposes.

Approving the regulation is one step toward legalization, but some members of the committee felt they didn't have enough information to take a vote so it was postponed until next month.

Rep. Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford, said he's concerned about approving a regulation that would put Connecticut at odds with federal laws and regulations regarding marijuana.

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20 CN ON: PUB LTE: Tax Pot To Help Pay For Fight Against DrugTue, 12 Mar 2013
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Potter, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:32 Added:03/15/2013

Great reporting on the dangerous synthetic marijuana called The Izms.

Good news not seeing advertisements for this chemical concoction in stores anymore.

I am concerned that now that they have been kicked out of stores, they will go underground, making policing very difficult.

Salvia Divinorum, an ancient natural legal plant, is also out there in stores and is even more dangerous. Combating these drugs will require a lot of expensive police resources to be paid for by tax dollars.

The government should legalize and tax marijuana the same as alcohol and tobacco to pay the cost of fighting drug criminals.

Joe Potter

St. Catharines

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21 CN ON: PUB LTE: Tax Pot To Help Pay Police CostsThu, 14 Mar 2013
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Potter, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:32 Added:03/15/2013

Great reporting on the dangerous synthetic marijuana called The Izms.

Good news not seeing advertisements for this chemical concoction in stores anymore.

I am concerned that now that they have been kicked out of stores, they will go underground, making policing very difficult.

Salvia Divinorum, an ancient natural legal plant, is also out there in stores and is even more dangerous. Combating these drugs will require a lot of expensive police resources to be paid for by tax dollars.

The government should legalize and tax marijuana the same as alcohol and tobacco to pay the cost of fighting drug criminals.

Joe Potter

St. Catharines

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22 CN ON: Salvia, A Legal And Potentially Lethal DrugSat, 02 Mar 2013
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Malarek, Victor Area:Ontario Lines:139 Added:03/06/2013

The drug salvia is readily available in stores and online. It can cause severe hallucinations and lack of body control. But it's still legal in Canada.

For six years, Const. Sara Foote worked as a high school liaison officer in Durham region giving speeches about drug awareness to students. But when it came to Salvia divinorum, she was the one needing an education.

What she learned was that a lot of students had tried salvia. But far more worrisome was the fact that the drug was legal and easily accessible. It still is.

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23 US RI: R.I. Lawmakers to Weigh Legislation to Legalize PotTue, 26 Feb 2013
Source:Day, The (New London,CT)          Area:Rhode Island Lines:42 Added:02/26/2013

Providence ( AP) - State lawmakers this week will review legislation to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and other proposals that would crack down on some lesser known substances.

The legalization bill would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and would impose alcohol-style regulations and taxes on the sale of the drug.

The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Edith Ajello, D- Providence, argues that society's views on recreational marijuana use are changing and that prohibition has failed to keep the drug out of the hands of minors.

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24 CN BC: Column: Are They Out Of Their Minds?Thu, 04 Oct 2012
Source:Kamloops This Week (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:10/05/2012

Municipalities in B.C. want the federal government to decriminalize pot.

Are they out of their minds?

This was a question posed to us when it was announced that B.C. municipal leaders at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities had voted in favour of a resolution calling for the decriminalization of marijuana

Decriminalization is not quite the same as legalizing pot.

When you legalize something, you make it totally acceptable.

When you decriminalize it, you reduce the punishment or change the restrictions regarding it - two very different things.

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25CN ON: Teen Drug Use Falls: SurveyFri, 01 Jun 2012
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Branswell, Helen Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/03/2012

Smoking, drinking are also down, Health Canada finds

TORONTO - Are teens becoming more abstemious? A new survey shows dropping rates of drinking, drug use and smoking among Canadian teens.

For instance, the percentage of teens who have ever tried smoking cigarettes dropped to 15.5 in 2010-11, the lowest rate since monitoring of teen smoking began.

Some of the declines are small, but the report - by researchers at the University of Waterloo's Propel Centre - says they are statistically significant.

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26 CN ON: What Teenagers Are Really Saying About DrugsMon, 23 Apr 2012
Source:Mitchell Advocate (CN ON) Author:Marshall, Rita Area:Ontario Lines:114 Added:04/24/2012

Choices for Change gives "straight talk" at UTES April 18

Talking with teenagers can be difficult enough for parents, but once drug use is involved, a whole lot can get lost in translation.

Jackie Parkin, a youth addictions counsellor at Choices for Change, gave the audience an inside look at teenagers' minds during "Real Talk: The 101 on Teens, Drugs and Alcohol".

The presentation was one of two free wellness workshops hosted at Upper Thames Elementary School by the parent councils of UTES and Mitchell District High School April 18.

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27 US MI: State Looks To Place Ban On Synthetic MarijuanaSat, 24 Dec 2011
Source:Oakland Press, The (MI) Author:Blitchok, Dustin Area:Michigan Lines:132 Added:12/24/2011

A marijuana substitute has gotten the attention of police and school officials in Holly after two local teenagers landed in the emergency room after smoking it.

The substances are sold as incense or potpourri in tobacco shops, head shops, party stores and even gas stations.

In one incident, a 14-year old girl from Hartland came to a Friday night event at the First Baptist Church of Holly after smoking incense. Pastor Ed Pedley said the teen had a racing pulse, numb tongue, and was behaving erratically. He said the girl was taken to Genesys Regional Medical Center and later released.

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28 CN AB: PUB LTE: We Are Not Winning The War On DrugsThu, 28 Jul 2011
Source:Leduc Representative (CN AB) Author:Champion, Paul Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:07/29/2011

Editor,

I am profoundly saddened and disappointed in our political representation calling for the criminalization of another drug, this time Salvia. We are not winning the war on drugs nor will we ever win that war.

The drug merchants make astounding profits, have no rules and a ready and willing market. It would appear that our government has learned nothing from previous grievous errors, namely prohibition.

This was a long term unmitigated disaster that turned the ordinary person on the street, who wanted to go home after work and have a drink and relax, into a common criminal and people with grade two educations and a gun into millionaires at the helm of booze smuggling empires.

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29 CN AB: PUB LTE: Education Is Key To Drug AwarenessThu, 28 Jul 2011
Source:Leduc Representative (CN AB) Author:Wentworth, Chad Area:Alberta Lines:68 Added:07/29/2011

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.

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30 US CT: State About To Downgrade Some Marijuana PenaltiesWed, 08 Jun 2011
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Reindl, Jc Area:Connecticut Lines:123 Added:06/08/2011

House follows Senate in backing decriminalization

Hartford - Connecticut is set to become the 14th state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana after a bill to downgrade the penalties cleared the state House Tuesday on a 90-57 vote.

The measure passed the Senate Saturday, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he will sign it into law. The bill does not affect the legality of marijuana, which remains illegal for nonmedical use in all 50 states.

The bill reduces the penalty for possessing less than a half-ounce of marijuana from a crime with a potential prison sentence to a $150 violation on the first offense. Second and subsequent offenses carry a $200-$500 fine, and third-time offenders must enroll in a drug education program at their own expense.

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31 US PA: House Adding New Synthetic To Ban ListTue, 24 May 2011
Source:Times-Tribune, The (Scranton PA) Author:Swift, Robert Area:Pennsylvania Lines:53 Added:05/24/2011

HARRISBURG - House lawmakers are adding a synthetic drug that caught the attention of law enforcement officials just weeks ago to a bill expanding the list of controlled substances.

The drug 2C-E is a hallucinogenic that mimics LSD and ecstasy and is considered responsible for the death of a user recently in Minnesota.

The Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved an amendment adding 2C-E to Senate-approved legislation banning the sale of "bath salts" that is getting priority attention before the legislative summer recess.

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32 CN QU: High LifeThu, 19 May 2011
Source:Mirror (CN QU) Author:Barry, Chris Area:Quebec Lines:79 Added:05/20/2011

Head Shop Owner Says He Was Born to Sell Salvia, Marijuana Paraphernalia and Psychedelic Party Clothing

Name: Andre Levert

Age: 33

Occupation: Proprietor of Psychonaut (154 Prince Arthur E.)

Bio: This jolly Vieux Longueuil family man has been enthralled by the wonderful world of reefer ever since he was a child growing up in small town southern Ontario. "I was 13, riding in the car with my dad listening to this report on Radio-Canada that was really exaggerating the negatives about pot, when I went, 'Hey, this is something I need to try soon.'" Discovering "the effects to be quite inter-esting," young Andre started researching the devil's weed something fierce, delving into "the whole conspiracy behind its prohibition, its history, its different effects etc" and today credits his youthful marijuana fixation for keeping him "out of all sorts of trouble. It brought me to this peaceful culture when I so easily could've been drawn to darker things." Although he studied to become and eventually did labour for a brief period as a health care attendant, Andre says his heart and soul have always belonged to the "marijuana counter-culture," so in 2003, after managing another area head shop for several years, he decided to go whole hog and open his own clothing/paraphernalia outlet, the inimitable Psychonaut at 154 Prince Arthur E. He drives a pragmatic 2006 Toyota Corolla.

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33 US PA: DA Pleads For Bath Salts BanSat, 14 May 2011
Source:Williamsport Sun-Gazette (PA) Author:Runkle, Jim Area:Pennsylvania Lines:118 Added:05/15/2011

LOCK HAVEN - Clinton County District Attorney Michael Salisbury has asked the county for an ordinance banning the sale and use of "bath salts" commonly consumed as a legal but highly dangerous synthetic drug.

Clinton County may join a number of counties looking for a temporary solution to a growing problem to fill the gap while the state grapples to create a more permanent, statewide ban.

"In my three-and-a-half years in office, this is only the second time I've felt it necessary to approach the board of commissioners on an issue," Salisbury said. "I am saddened by what I am seeing. (Thursday) evening, we had a high-speed chase on Interstate 80 that eventually involved dozens of officers and led to the injury of one officer, along with risking the lives of many others and the public."

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34 US NV: PUB LTE: No TranquilityThu, 07 Apr 2011
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Sweet, Devin Area:Nevada Lines:41 Added:04/07/2011

Re "Drug tests" (Feature story, July 8, 2010):

Salvia is pretty crazy. In my time I've experimented with some crazy substances so it wasn't Earth-shattering for me. The first time I took it, I didn't really know what to expect, and it almost felt like I took a circus balloon of nitric oxide. That's the closest experience I could tie to it. I actually am obviously behind on the game because I just heard of Tranquility today and picked up two jars. I don't know if they've changed the recipe since this came out, but I want my money back. Obviously, the amount that worked for he who wrote this article was enough. I used the full 500 mg and don't feel much of anything. Eighty bucks down the drain. I've never used the synthetic pot, but my brother uses it, seeing as how his job drug tests, and he lives in Texas. I, however, live in the Denver metro area, and marijuana's legal medically. For 25 bucks, you can get an eighth of some lower grade crondos. Therefore the prices have dropped a little all around, and I don't really feel like overpaying for the fake thing. The main reason I'm writing is because the Tranquility sucks, and I was wondering if anyone else had a similar experience. I did try E a couple of times when I was younger (before 18, as much of my experimentation was) and much the same I didn't seem to feel what everyone else did, so I never really messed with it at all. Your article was informative. Much appreciated.

Devin Sweet

Castle Rock, Colo.

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35US IA: OPED: Banning K2, Bath Salts, Salvia Must Be A PriorityTue, 05 Apr 2011
Source:Des Moines Register (IA) Author:Hagenow, Chris Area:Iowa Lines:Excerpt Added:04/05/2011

Efforts to keep dangerous drugs out of the hands of Iowans and Americans is frustrated by a fast-paced drug market which churns out new strands and new types of drugs, often faster than federal and state agents can act to regulate these substances before the consequences are known.

One such substance is synthetic cannabis or K2. Synthetic cannabis was developed to circumvent state and federal laws which make cannabis illegal; yet this new synthetic version is anything but harmless.

An Indianola teen took his life last summer after using K2 and suffering the equivalent of a panic attack. The earlier we act to make these drugs unavailable, the sooner we can potentially save lives. By acting now, we can begin to limit the supply of these drugs, and prosecute the producers.

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36 CN BC: PUB LTE: Think Outside the Box on Drug IssuesMon, 28 Mar 2011
Source:Kamloops Daily News (CN BC) Author:Barth, Russell Area:British Columbia Lines:55 Added:03/28/2011

Re: If You Want a Spiritual High, Go to Church.

In his comments about salvia, S. Klein ignores a number of facts:

1) Prohibition will make salvia more available to kids, not less available. This is a fact as indisputable as the shape of the planet.

2) Sold in stores, the product has some measure of quality control, and the vendors, unlike dealers, refuse to sell it to kids. What happens after it leaves the store is not their problem.

3) Salvia is non-toxic, non-addictive, and not fun enough to be used more than a few times, even by people who liked it. The government basically banned it because it is "fun," not because it poses any real danger to users or society.

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37 US PA: State Bills Would Ban Bath SaltsSun, 27 Mar 2011
Source:Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA) Author:Swift, Robert Area:Pennsylvania Lines:78 Added:03/28/2011

HARRISBURG - With new types of dangerous synthetic drugs quickly appearing on the market, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials face a challenge to keep legislation banning their sale up to date.

The House plans a final vote the week of April 4 on a bill to ban the sale of "bath salts," which mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as other synthetic narcotics. This bill is a conglomeration of proposals to add various synthetic narcotics sold in different parts of the state to the list of controlled substances. Once approved, this bill would go to the Senate, which has bills of its own.

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38 Canada: Salvia SituationThu, 24 Mar 2011
Source:Alaska Highway News (CN BC) Author:Lux, Ryan Area:Canada Lines:101 Added:03/27/2011

Plans to criminalize the plant salvia have drawn the ire of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which argues that its criminalization would be highly counterproductive and harm the youth that Health Canada states it's trying to protect.

"Health Canada says that it wants to protect young people, but we do not protect youth by sending them to jail. Criminalization does not eradicate the product, it merely consigns it to the black market, which will prevent the product from being effectively researched and safety-tested," said the BCCLA's policy director Michael Vonn.

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39US WA: OPED: We Need to Consider What War on Drugs Has WroughtTue, 22 Mar 2011
Source:News Tribune, The (Tacoma, WA) Author:Walker, Ingrid Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:03/23/2011

State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson's bill to legalize and tax marijuana in Washington addresses a state revenue shortfall and challenges a federal policy.

State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson's bill to legalize and tax marijuana in Washington addresses a state revenue shortfall and challenges a federal policy.

In considering her proposal, it's important to examine not just its local effect but also the context of federal prohibition because one influences the other.

In Washington and across the country, there is a significant discrepancy between drug prohibition and practice. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services surveys show little change in our habits over the three decades of an all-out domestic drug war.

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40CN BC: Miley Cyrus Video Blamed For Plan To Ban Salvia HerbTue, 22 Mar 2011
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Hall, Neal Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/23/2011

The BC Civil Liberties Association is opposing Health Canada's proposal to criminalize the herbal product Salvia Divinorum.

BCCLA policy director Micheal Vonn said Monday that the proposal to criminalize the herb seems based not on science but on the fact that Miley Cyrus popularized the drug in a You-Tube video.

"Instead of evidence-based policymaking, we are getting policy by Hannah Montana," Vonn said.

In the YouTube video featuring Cyrus, the actress who played the Disney TV series character Hannah Montana is shown smoking something and laughing. She later explained she was smoking the legal herb Salvia, not marijuana.

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41US WI: Synthetic Drug, 'Bath Salts,' Scary To Local SubstanceSat, 19 Mar 2011
Source:Wausau Daily Herald (WI) Author:Starck, Jeff Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:03/22/2011

A dangerously powerful new synthetic drug growing in popularity across the U.S. has local substance abusers admitting they want nothing to do with the drug, according to a local expert.

A chemical compound sold as "bath salts" are now are being abused to get a powerful high. The chemical stimulants in the bath salts can cause hallucinations, as well as chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, extreme paranoia and delusions when inhaled, smoked or injected.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers said bath salts are touted as a substitute for cocaine and create intense cravings similar to methamphetamine. Media reports across the country tell stories of people who killed others or injured themselves while under the influence of bath salts.

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42 CN AB: Edu: Editorial: Salvia Should Not Be BannedThu, 10 Mar 2011
Source:Gauntlet, The (CN AB Edu)          Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:03/11/2011

A man sits in a car, lights a bong and waits until his "vision begins to vibrate." He has just taken a hit of salvia-- a drug which brings on a strong hallucinogenic experience for about 15 minutes-- and then sits motionless at the steering wheel. Very shortly, he begins muttering under his breath, "Excuse me, I have to go to space now." A minute later the man gasps and stares outside. The camera pans to show a cat sitting on the windshield of the parked car. This video and others like it demonstrate the effects of salvia, which is currently legal in Canada. Health Canada, however, wishes to make it illegal because of its similar properties to drugs like LSD.

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43 Canada: Edu: Government Proposes Ban On SalviaThu, 10 Mar 2011
Source:Gauntlet, The (CN AB Edu) Author:Shumlich, Erin Area:Canada Lines:127 Added:03/11/2011

The federal government announced plans to ban salvia, a readily available hallucinogenic herb that has surged in popularity over the last few years.

In a Feb. 21 news release, the Government of Canada proposed its intentions to include the active ingredients in salvia, salvia divinorum and salvinorin A, on the controlled drugs and substance list. This would criminalize possession, trafficking and production of salvia. A ban was first proposed on a government notice from Health Canada on Feb. 4.

Health Canada media relations officer Gary Holub said the Government of Canada is taking measures to regulate salvia divinorum and salvinorin A in order to protect the health and safety of Canadians, particularly youth, from their potentially harmful effects.

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44 CN BC: LTE: If You Want A Spiritual High, Go To ChurchFri, 04 Mar 2011
Source:Kamloops Daily News (CN BC) Author:Klein, S. Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:03/06/2011

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.

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45 CN MB: LTE: Editorial Wrong-headedThu, 03 Mar 2011
Source:Interlake Spectator, The (CN MB) Author:Kilmartin, Rev. Jeff Area:Manitoba Lines:63 Added:03/05/2011

Marc Zienkiewicz argues in a recent editorial (Time to bring an end to the prohibition of drugs, Feb 24/11) that the federal government ought to be decriminalizing all drugs because he believes that making drugs illegal increases drug abuse, and puts money into the hands of criminals who develop and sell them on the black market.

He includes drugs like crack cocaine and crystal meth as examples of the types of narcotic that he would like to see sold legally over the counter. Regulating now-illegal drugs in this manner, he suggests, would eliminate the criminal element from the industry, and fix Canada's drug problem.

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46 CN ON: Edu: Ottawa Seeks To Ban Hallucinogenic HerbTue, 01 Mar 2011
Source:Brock Press, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Godmere, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:03/03/2011

OTTAWA (CUP) - The federal government has announced their plans to ban salvia, a hallucinogenic herb that has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity among young people in North America.

In a Feb. 21 release, the government indicated it intends to add salvia to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), thereby making it illegal to possess, sell, import, export and grow the plant. Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, described salvia in the release as having the "potential for abuse, especially among young people". Otherwise known as Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A, and colloquially as "magic mint" or "diviner's sage", salvia is a plant in the mint family and is normally smoked to experience "mild hallucinogenic sensations," as described by a fourth-year University of Ottawa student.

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47 CN MB: PUB LTE: Naive UnderstandingMon, 28 Feb 2011
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Buors, Chris Area:Manitoba Lines:31 Added:02/28/2011

You would think federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq (Powerful hallucinogen, Letters, Feb. 24) would have at least a grade-school understanding of the failure alcohol prohibition proved to be in the 1920s. Even a Sunday-school understanding that the forbidden fruit always tastes sweeter would serve her better than going along with others jumping on the prohibition bandwagon.

The black market will soon be in control of salvia sales just like the black market is in control of all the other drugs and substances the government prohibits now. If the health minister were truly worried about the health of Canadians, she would act to end prohibition, which results in adulterated drugs of unknown purity and strength being available to Canadians of all ages through the black market.

Chris Buors

Winnipeg

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48 CN BC: Editorial: Action On Salvia Long Time ComingSat, 26 Feb 2011
Source:Kamloops Daily News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:63 Added:02/28/2011

It took pop singer Miley Cyrus on a one-way trip to Internet infamy and has sent countless other "pyschonauts" on mindless hallucinogenic giggle-fests, but now the federal government wants to ban a potent herb called salvia divinorum before it sends somebody to the morgue.

Health Canada recently posted a notice of its intention to make it illegal to produce, possess, traffic, import or export the substance, a natural health product that is widely available in head shops across Canada and over the Internet.

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49 CN MB: PUB LTE: Manufacturing CriminalsWed, 23 Feb 2011
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Barth, Russell Area:Manitoba Lines:30 Added:02/26/2011

Re: Feds eye ban on obscure herb (Feb. 22). This government sure loves to subsidize gangsters and endanger the public. Banning salvia will do for it what a ban has done for marijuana: make it more potent, contaminated, expensive and unregulated.

It will be far easier for your kids to get salvia, because dealers never ask for ID, and instead of taxpaying shop-owners selling it, we will have it controlled by teens and gangsters.

I have no doubt that this is by design. This government is not trying to protect Canadians. They are trying to manufacture inmates, using Canadians as the raw materials. How else can they justify building 12 new jails when crime is at a 33-year low?

Nepean, Ont.

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50 CN MB: LTE: Powerful HallucinogenFri, 25 Feb 2011
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Doyle, Paul Area:Manitoba Lines:29 Added:02/25/2011

Your Feb. 22 article Feds eye ban on obscure herb indicates a dangerous disconnect with reality and perception. Bart Stras, owner of the head shop The Joint, clearly has been smoking too much of his own product when he says "salvia has never had any issues as a herbal incense product."

Of course it hasn't, because he knows that people who buy salvia want a hallucinogenic high and aren't looking to have their boudoir smell minty fresh. If it weren't so pathetic, it would be almost comical that salvia is sold as a so-called natural health product. I believe that poisonous mushrooms are also a 100 per cent natural product.

Paul Doyle

Winnipeg

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