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Paradoxic
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« on: September 03, 2008, 02:34:20 pm »

Current Status: In committee (as of Dec 17, 2008)
Classification: Class C
Bill Reference: HB4434 [bill tracking]


Essentially dead as of 1/6/2009

Contact State Representatives:
   - House of Representatives
   - Senate

External Links: Wikipedia
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On May 16, 2007, Representatives Viriato deMacedo (R) and Daniel Webster (R) introduced House Bill 4434 to the Massachusetts State Legislature. If enacted, this legislation would make Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A Class C controlled substances in that state. A city ordinance, enacted in April 2008, prohibits the sale of Salvia divinorum in the town of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.


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.
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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 about any action you are taking in this state.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2009, 04:55:19 pm by Paradoxic » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2008, 09:35:24 pm »

HB 4434 has passed the House.

Article on Stop the Drug War

Edit: Hmm, check out the comments. There may still be time:

This article is inaccurate. On Sep. 29, the bill got the preliminary approval of the House, but it still has to get through one committee and a third reading by the House.

Also, the bill has been amended to include ONLY listing Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A as class C substances.

This can all be found on the Massachusetts governmental website if you look at the history of the House Bil 4434, as well as the House Journal for Sep. 29, 2008.


Time to act, people.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008, 05:38:29 pm »

I'm not sure if this is the same bill, but because the decision will be made by the end of December, I thought I should post this article.

http://www.amherstwire.com/2008/12/12/cannabis-reform-coalitions-take-on-question-2&id=1457/
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2008, 03:45:24 pm »

I'm not entirely sure on the status of this one. It says it has been referred to a Senate Committee, but its unclear if it passed the House.

In any case sending letters at this point is very important so please do so. If anyone is from MA and wants to write up a good template specifically for MA please do so and I can post it for others to use.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009, 08:22:11 pm »

Boston City Council trying to outlaw.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1148735
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2009, 09:50:02 am »

How fitting that this happens in Boston at the anniversary of 1-31-07. Never Forget.
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