Salvia divinorum Scotland -
Introduction to Salvia's divinorum's Legal Status
Salvia divinorum is still perfectly legal in the UK and most of Europe, but there are
exceptions, and situations can change.
More information on laws regarding Salvia divinorum can be found at
The Salvia divinorum Research and Information Center at
Erowid's Salvia Law vault, and at Wikipedia's
article on the
Legal status of Salvia divinorum.
Generally Salvia divinorum is legal in most countries in the world
and, within the United States, legal in the majority of States. However, a few
politicians have called for its prohibition. At the time of writing, most of
these proposals have not made it into law, with motions having failed,
stalled or otherwise died, for example in the United Kingdom, at national level
in the United States, and at more local level within States such as Alaska,
Illinois, Oregon and Wyoming.
A reason for Salvia's favourable legal status so far is that there's been
little real evidence to suggest that its use is problematic. Salvia divinorum
is not a newly discovered or synthesised drug. It has been revered for perhaps
centuries by the Mazatec people of Oaxaca, Mexico as a sacred plant, capable of
facilitating spiritual experiences. It is a plant that has been available in the
States and other countries since the 1990's, following the experiment and report
of Daniel Siebert and others. The rise of the Internet since the mid-1990s saw
the growth of many businesses selling dried Salvia leaves, extracts and other
preparations. During the 10-15 years in which it has become more available in
modern Western culture police have not been reporting it as a significant issue
with regard to public order offences. Medical experts, accident and emergency
rooms have not been reporting cases that suggest particular health concerns.
Salvia divinorum is not generally understood to be toxic or addictive.
Despite this, some have succeeded in pushing though their anti-Salvia laws,
such as in Australia (the first country to ban it), and in a few American
States. Some of the contentions used by some politicians to justify prohibition are
dealt with in the next section.