Write a two to three page essay which defends, or challenges a sociopolitical controversy today.: Salvia

Essay by davim1991High School, 11th gradeA, September 2008

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"For centuries Mazatec Indians have chewed Salvia divinorum," however, it is a psychoactive herb that can induce strong dissociative or hallucinogen effects, which alter a person's state of mind and mood. So why is Salvia legal in most states when other hallucinogens like psilocybin mushrooms and LSD, which are Schedule I drugs in the U.S., according to the DEA, and illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, process or distribute? "…there have been no recorded injuries or deaths resulting from its use, as drug-reform activists like Ethan Nadelman of the Drug Policy Alliance point out." Therein lies another question; why is a substance that has caused no harm and has no dependency, facing so much controversy over its legality, as marijuana did in the early 20th century, when drugs that cause thousands of deaths everyday, are so commonly sold in local stores.

Alcohol and tobacco are made available to any person, of age, everyday in the United States.

Alcohol can be fatal, in one day, when abused or irresponsibly used, and both have very negative long term effects, causing heath problems like heart disease and multiple types of cancer. But why are these two substances, causing so many threats to our well being, both directly, such as health problems and dependency, and indirectly, such as drunk driving and second hand smoke, so abundantly found among our society in a time when just possessing cannabis can send you to jail, and the legal status of salvia is causing so much controversy? Strict regulation of salvia is not the solution to an apparent growing problem among our society. It may even worsen it.

Since marijuana was made illegal, use of it has not only not stopped, but its illegal status actually makes it easier for minors to obtain than alcohol or tobacco, because...