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Petition Tag - salvia divinorum
Health Canada is proposing to make Salvia Divnorum a Schedule III substance, putting in the same league as LSD and illegal to possess. They say it's to "protect the children" and that there's just not enough known about the plant.
The idea Health Canada is going by is that you can ban a plant and somehow that will make people stop using it and stop selling it. Of course, people won't stop using at and indeed it's probably more alluring to teens and others who would use it irresponsibly.
Read more about the proposed ban at: http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2011/2011-02-19/html/notice-avis-eng.html and search for "Salvia".
On this same petition web site, there's a petition to make it illegal in Canada due to the Miley Cyrus video of her smoking it. If that is the logic for banning it, then what do we do about all the videos of Snoop Dogg smoking grass, since marijuana is already illegal?
Sorry, we all want kids to not do stupid things, but they do -- it's part of growing up in this society. Banning the plant salvia divinorum (not to mention glamorizing how messed up it will get you) won't do much to stop abuse.
(NOTE: This petition is to be sent to Health Canada, and while the petition appreciates the support from other countries, chances are they will only be interested in signatures from Canadians :)