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Paradoxic
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« on: September 02, 2008, 04:13:34 pm »

No current known bills for this state




Take Action
Send letters to state representatives

Attend public hearing
This is the most effective way to take action against a ban. If you know about an upcoming date for a hearing please post it and it will be added here. You can search the state web sites to look for public hearing dates.
*Please post any public hearing dates you know of

Suggested key points:
  • Salvia is not a problem: No emergency room admittances, no drug counseling or addiction services admittances, no salvia related crime being reported by LEO, no superintendents speaking out against it. No deaths, and poison control rates it as a very low priority. Salvia has been around for a couple decades, or at least as long as the current meth plague--if salvia was going to be a widespread problem, it would have been by now.
  • Medicinal and/or scientific potential
  • Salvia is NOT a recreational substance and cannot be grouped with LSD, mushrooms, ecstasy, marijuana, etc. (ex: not addictive, short-acting, non-toxic, unappealing/unpleasant as a recreational substance)
  • Religious use. History dating back thousands of years of indigenous use and decades of contemporary spiritual use. Without apparent harm or addictive tendencies.
  • Arguments against rest almost exclusively on hearsay: unsubstantiated internet videos (search on alcohol and compare the number of videos), and the marketing claims of unscrupulous sellers.
  • Suggest age restriction instead of an outright ban (give examples of this being done in Maine and California)
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Public hearing tips:
  • Good resource: http://www.ctkidslink.org/action_howtestify.html#anchor368848
  • Do research in your own state. Go the your state DEA or Office of Substance Abuse website and dig around a bit. Find out how much it costs to arrest, prosecute, and jail per person for drugs crimes and include that figure in your arguments against a ban. The ME financial report associated with a ban indicated minimal fiscal impact, but using their own reported figures, it turns out that it costs near $60,000 for each successful drug crime prosecution.
*Please suggest other tips/links

Discourage irresponsible sale
Visit your local smoke shops or send them letters to encourage them not to sell Salvia divinorum to minors and include safety information about using Salvia divinorum. You can print out a User Guide (or part of it) to give to them.

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*Please post a reply if you have any additions or updates for this page.
*Please post about any action you are taking in this state.
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 12:26:18 am »

New Year = New Bills, and Alaska is apparently no exception...

Current Status: Referred to the Health & Social Services Committee (Jan. 21, 2009; also read same day)
Classification: Schedule IIA
Bill Reference: SB 52 http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=SB0052A&session=26

This bll doesn't appear to allow for medical research, but I am unsure as I do not know what specifically being a Schedule IIA substance entails.
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 01:59:22 am »

New Year = New Bills, and Alaska is apparently no exception...

Current Status: Referred to the Health & Social Services Committee (Jan. 21, 2009; also read same day)
Classification: Schedule IIA
Bill Reference: SB 52 http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=SB0052A&session=26

This bll doesn't appear to allow for medical research, but I am unsure as I do not know what specifically being a Schedule IIA substance entails.
Thanks a lot for the update. Genius+ I edited the page. I think the bill is exactly the same as the last and I'm pretty sure schedule IIA allows for "controlled medical use"...but please correct me if this is wrong.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2009, 02:46:34 pm »

So this Bill is now out of committee and goes to the floor for a vote TOMORROW 2/25/2009!!!  Please anyone that can e-mail the appropriate senators (which, at this point, may be all of them) - this bill is set to be heard by the Jud. committee Monday.

http://www.ktva.com/ci_11774396 (Media release on bill status)
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009, 07:12:42 am »

So this Bill is now out of committee and goes to the floor for a vote TOMORROW 2/25/2009!!!  Please anyone that can e-mail the appropriate senators (which, at this point, may be all of them) - this bill is set to be heard by the Jud. committee Monday.

http://www.ktva.com/ci_11774396 (Media release on bill status)



 please post names here also from now on ?
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009, 12:53:50 pm »

I'll try to do that, when I can.  However, you can find the names of the sponsors of the bill on the bill's reference page and find the names of those on the judiciary committee(s) on the legislature of any particular state's website - generally their website's are fairly easy to navigate.
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 10:51:48 pm »

Yes, Yossaria, they're at  house.gov  and senate.gov  once there people can find their exact representative by zip code or location.  Usually they provide easy access for people to email them, and people should.  Just a brief email to the point of what you want them to do is extremely helpful.  If you happen to be stuck with one who will not help you, I would email them back and respectfully tell them I will vote them out as well.  Be sure you register to vote and vote the bad ones out of office.

What I would like to see, though, is a running up-to-date list of which are the representatives that need to go.  I'm not personally in AK, but as we add current names of who needs to be voted out and who needs to be kept in office,  this state by state thread should eventually be extremely helpful. 
Especially as the representative elections approach.

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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009, 11:36:12 pm »

Yeah, definitely - that sounds like a very useful and helpful resource we could create.  Perhaps the Action Leaders for each state as well as interested residents of each state on this site could create that list.  I'd be willing to do that for Arizona.  We could have them list any reps. or senators who have sponsored a bill or spoken out against salvia be listed, and then note what exactly their roles/positions have been.  State-specific action leaders would then perhaps also be the action leaders for actions for/against proposed legislation, although not necessarily...

...I suppose these are good suggestions for Paradoxic...

This might not necessarily only be negative - it would be a good idea to include those legislators who have voted/spoken against full-out bans as well as those who support the restrictions of salvia from minors.
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2009, 04:13:07 pm »

True.  OK well I won't continue much on this one here, since it is specifically AK, but just want to add that the local and state people also could be listed.  The house and senate can usually forward it to the state level lawmakers, but the main point is that the state-by-state threads need names.  We need names badly, because these laws get discussed very sneakily from the point of view of many friends across the nation.  ok thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2009, 10:23:08 pm »

Fair enough.

I'll add the sponsors of the bill here, at least.
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