A Texas State Representative has filed legislation to ban the possession of the herb Salvia Divinorum.
For those who have never heard of the plant, Salvia Divinorum is a psychoactive herb which can induce strong dissociative effects, and is often billed as a legal alternative to Marijuana. Salvia divinorum has been used for centuries in Mexico for spiritual and healing purposes
To back his case, State Rep. Doc Anderson appeared on Dr Phil Tuesday to discuss the drug, saying that “The substance is dangerous, incapacitating, and serves no medical use whatsoever…[and] has possible dangerous health effects and is unregulated in Texas.”
The proposed bill would make possession of Salvia Divinorum a Class A Misdemeanor. Anderson had previously tried to ban Salvia Divinorum in 2007, but the legislation never made it past committee.
The internet seems to have played a role in the growing awareness and concern around Salvia Divinorum , with videos of users appearing on YouTube. Here’s one video I found of someone on the drug. WARNING: it’s quite disturbing, and not suitable for young children. Also after the video a short history of the use of Salvia Divinorum as a drug.