It came as almost an afterthought to Asheville City Council’s meeting last week: mention by Council member Carl Mumpower of a certain plant called Salvia divinorum, aka Maria Pastora, Sage of the Seers, Diviner’s Sage, Salvia, Sally-D and Magic Mint.
A cultivated herb with origins in Mexico’s Oaxaca state, no federal controls are currently placed on the cultivation, distribution and sale of Salvia divinorum, which, when chewed or smoked, reportedly acts as a mild hallucinogen. But according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency, in recent years, individual states have taken steps to rid the streets of Salvia divinorum, including Louisiana’s 2005 ban on its sale or distribution, Delaware and Missouri’s addition of the plant to their schedule I regulations and Tennessee and Oklahoma’s legislation against the furry plant.
Other states including Maine, North Dakota, Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas, have either placed controls on salvia or have sought legislation to that effect.
On March 18, Asheville’s Mumpower urged his fellow Council members to apply pressure to the N.C. General Assembly to do the same. The matter dodged discussion, but, as Xpress reporter Brian Postelle mentioned in his coverage of the meeting, given Mumpower’s historic attitude towards drugs, it’s likely to come up again.
Until that happens, it’s up you, Xpress readers, to give us the dirt on salvia. Ever seen it? Smoked it? Chewed it? Used it in a religious celebration? Bought it from a local head shop? Smuggled bales of it back from Oaxaca?
Past memories, such as revisiting places from childhood memory.
Sensations of motion, or being pulled or twisted by forces.
Visions of membranes, films and various two-dimensional surfaces.
Merging with or becoming objects (for example a Ferris wheel).
Overlapping realities, such as the perception of being in several locations at once.”
We can’t in good conscience support such behavior as merging with Ferris wheels, but in the event you have, please tell us about it.
— Kent Priestley, contributing editor