The Drug in Your Garden

Discussion in 'Salvia divinorum' started by klaatu, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. klaatu

    klaatu Gold Member

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    Feb 26, 2006
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    Volunteer TV

    June 16, 2006

    Gatlinburg, Sevier County (WVLT) - A popular flower that produces a very powerful drug will soon be banned in the state of Tennessee.

    The flower is "salvia", and many of you just might be growing it in your garden.

    As Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb explains, the soon-to-be law is blossoming a lot of controversy.

    For years, Cupids Pedals in Gatlinburg has sold Salvia, a popular plant used in flower gardens.

    "To add color and background and so forth and that's generally what we've always sold this plant for," Rick Joyce was surprised a couple months ago when he saw a national news story about the plant used a drug.

    "We found it kind of humorous because we think about other flowers that could probably have the same effect as a hallucinogenic," Joyce says.

    Tennessee has passed a bill making the drug illegal, but just how many people know about it?

    "Most people haven't. I think the Wall Street Journal quoted me as saying we're closing the barn door before the cows get out and that's really what we're doing," says state Senator Tim Burchett.

    While internet websites show the leaves can be smoked, Burchett says it's also available over the counter in health food stores and the internet.

    "Twelve year old kids could walk in and buy it and that's a dangerous situation too with small children. If they, it sorta gets in their culture and I think it's time to stop it right now and that's what I did," Sen. Burchett says.

    Here's the confusion, while the law makes it an offense to knowingly produce, or possess salvia with the intent to distribute. It does not apply to those who will use salvia for landscaping or decorative purposes.

    And that's leaving some who sell the flower worried and concerned.

    "We don't want to get tabbed as someone that's got it here for distribution and obviously if someone's going to buy it for that reason, how are we going to prevent that?" Joyce questions.

    Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation say it's not a problem now, but have found a few cases of its use at one of their drug labs.

    The law goes into effect July 1st.

  2. Abrad

    Abrad R.I.P. Platinum Member & Advisor R.I.P.

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    Dec 10, 2005
    AFAIK S. Divinorum is not used as a garden plant. People seem to be confusing it with Salvia Splendens and other ornamental varieties.
  3. podge

    podge Gold Member

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    May 18, 2006
    from ireland
    yet again man is arrogant enough to believe it is right in " protecting " people from you think if a few of the major leaders were spiked with mescaline or acid that they would stop all this insanity? realistically salvia has little or no chance of being abused by the public....there will always be one or two who will over indulge in anything but come on like.....its fucking salvia!!!its been available to me for a year or two and still is available and iv only done it like twice and i have no real desire to make a habit of it.and its hard to see how anybody could visit that crazy crazy crazy world of salvia on a daily basis.anybody out there a big salvia user or know a big salvia user?
  4. FrankenChrist

    FrankenChrist Iridium Member

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    Aug 20, 2004
    from belgium
    How long until people get arrested for accidentally growing psychoactive Salvia, and even for the many non active varieties?