Pubdate: Fri, 14 Feb 2003
Source: Isthmus (WI)
Copyright: 2003 Isthmus
Author: Heidi Lypps


Thanks for a bit of skeptical perspective about the recent 
Knuckleheads/Epstein/salvia scuffle (Wanna New Drug? 1/3/03).

Sounds as if Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Reed Epstein is eager to 
create a bit of drug war furor over the latest leaf the "stoners" are 
trying. Having tried smoking salvia divinorum leaves myself, I'm in the 
camp that experiences few and mild effects from the drug -- but all 
arguments over potency aside, the point is that citizens ought to have the 
right to alter their thinking with a substanceand suffer punishment only if 
their behavior harms themselves, property or others.

Salvia doesn't seem to do any of those, at least so far.

Heidi Lypps

Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics

Davis, Calif.
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