Tennessee Senate Bill #3247

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SB 3247 may be tracked online at http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/

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COPY OF MEDIA STORY:  Sen. Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville) has moved the Senate to approve Senate Bill 3247 which makes Salvia divinorum A illegal for purposes of human consumption.

Salvia is a plant which is imported from Mexico and which is used in landscaping. Of late, it has been promoted as a natural hallucinogen. The Senate unanimously approved the measure Thursday.

Sen. Burchett stated, “We have enough problems with illegal drugs as it is without people promoting getting high from some glorified weed that’s been brought up from Mexico. The only people I’ve heard from who are opposed to making it illegal are those who are getting stoned on it.”


COPY OF EMAIL Sent to Sen. Tim Burchett:

Dear Senator Tim Burchett,

If this story quotes you correctly then your wholesale dismissal and derogation of each and everyone who may consider Salvia as something more sublime really amounts to nothing less than xenophobic bigotry.

Your defamatory characterisation of all Salvia diviorum’s practitioners, - refusing to acknowledge that anyone could be using it for anything more than simply “getting stoned”, clearly demonstrates a lack of understanding and respect for those with differing beliefs to your own.

With a complete disregard of the constitution you seemingly favour persecution and prosecution, further perpetuating, under the guise of a “war on drugs”, what has become in effect a modern-day inquisition.

Yours truly,