Here's a sampling of salvia-related headlines from the past month:
There's been a constant drum beat along these lines since before we started this blog, but these stories keep coming, each one a little light bulb going off in a different community where some little local news outlet suddenly discovers salvia for the first time, and then freaks the fuck right out about it. I stopped reading these stories a looooooooong time ago, but today, I felt compelled to check out "Parent Discovers Child Has Hallucinogen Available Legally," which features the textbook salvia scare story lede:
Police say it's the best kept secret in the drug community. A type of plant that's completely legal and your child could be using it. It's called Salvia Divinorum. This is a drug that's just now getting some attention.
And of course, the story features the requisite menacing warning from local law enforcement:
"It is very scary and there are things that are out there that are perfectly legal that have really bad reactions once it gets into the body and it wasn't designed to be in the human body for starters."
You hear that? It wasn't designed to be in the human body. Which is really how future legislation ought to be guided: designed to be in the human body? Check, sell it at Wal-Mart. Not designed to be in the human body? Make it Schedule One. It's pretty easy when you break it down like that.
Sorry, I don't actually have a point here...