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addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedule 3
« on: February 25, 2011, 05:02:47 AM »
http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2011/2011 ... .html#d109

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES ACT

Notice to interested parties — Proposal regarding the addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedule III to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

This notice provides interested stakeholders with the opportunity to provide comments on Health Canada’s proposal to add the plant Salvia divinorum (S. divinorum) and its main active ingredient salvinorin A to Schedule III to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). Stakeholders may also identify themselves for inclusion in any future consultation.

The plant S. divinorum is a species of sage belonging to the mint family. Its leaves are generally chewed or smoked to obtain psychotropic effects. While uncertainty remains surrounding the health risks of S. divinorum, known effects are reported to be short-acting in nature and include hallucinations, dysphoria, out-of-body experiences, unconsciousness and short-term memory loss. The effects, which vary from person to person, are also often described as unpleasant. Neither S. divinorum nor salvinorin A are currently included in any of the schedules to the CDSA.

Recently there have been reports suggesting that Canadian teens and young adults are using S. divinorum for its ability to produce hallucinations. S. divinorum is widely touted as a “legal” hallucinogen on the Internet, and has also been reported to be one of the most prevalent herbal products used as an alternative to illicit drugs. (see footnote 1) Results from the Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey (CADUMS) reveal that, in 2009, 1.6% of Canadians aged 15 years and older reported having used S. divinorum at least once in their lifetime, with a much higher rate of use (7.3%) in youth aged 15–24 years. The results from the Canadian 2008–2009 Youth Smoking Survey also show that 5% of 15-year-olds have used S. divinorum in the past year. Moreover, the 2009 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) indicated that 5.4% of Ontario students in grades 7–12 reported ever using S. divinorum and 4.4% of these students reported using this substance in the past year. Because its psychoactive effects resemble those of other substances included in Schedule III to the CDSA such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin, Health Canada is concerned that the ready availability and use of S. divinorum poses a risk to the health and safety of Canadians, particularly youth.

While S. divinorum and salvinorin A are not currently included in any of the United Nations drug control conventions, a number of countries have chosen to regulate one or both as controlled substances. Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Sweden have all placed controls on the import and/or sale of S. divinorum and/or salvinorin A. Some American states have also implemented laws restricting their use, sale and/or distribution.

Including these substances within Schedule III to the CDSA would prohibit possession, trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, importation, exportation, possession for the purpose of exportation, and production (or cultivation). The scheduling of S. divinorum and salvinorin A under the CDSA will also enable law enforcement agencies to take action against suspected illegal activities involving these substances.

As this action is not intended to interfere with the use and availability of S. divinorum and/or salvinorin A for legitimate medical, scientific or industrial purposes, Health Canada is seeking information from stakeholders on whether there are any such uses in Canada. Information received in response to this notice will be instrumental in determining appropriate regulation under the CDSA.

The publication of this notice begins a 30-day comment period. There will be additional opportunities to provide comments as the federal regulatory process progresses.

If you are interested in this process or have comments on this proposal, please contact Stephanie Chandler, Regulatory Policy Division, Office of Controlled Substances, Address Locator: 3503D, 123 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 1B9, by fax at 613-946-4224 or by email at OCS.Policy.and.Regulatory.Affairs@hc-sc.gc.ca.

February 4, 2011

CATHY A. SABISTON
Director General
Controlled Substances and
Tobacco Directorate

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Re: addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedul
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 05:00:58 PM »
Salvia was outlawed where I live last summer -- although it could be worse, because plants are probably permissible (it has a "for human consumption" clause).

Increased regulation of the plant seems pretty inevitable. Hope Canada fares better.

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Re: addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedul
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 05:08:28 PM »
I hope this doesn't happen in the US. it seems kinda out of the blue for canada to outlaw it, it's not as if it is a new substance and I doubt that use of it is that high compared(or even on the rise) to other things, that and the fact that most people who try it generally only do so once or twice.

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Re: addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedul
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 08:27:05 AM »
Quote from: "AliceTepes"
...it's not as if it is a new substance and I doubt that use of it is that high compared(or even on the rise) to other things, that and the fact that most people who try it generally only do so once or twice.

Those things may all be true, but they're more-or-less irrelevant to prohibitionists. I don't think you can be a prohibitionist if you have a solid grounding in facts.

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Re: addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedul
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 10:07:45 AM »
that's true.

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Re: addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedul
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 10:21:04 AM »
Quote from: "Amomynous"
Quote from: "AliceTepes"
...it's not as if it is a new substance and I doubt that use of it is that high compared(or even on the rise) to other things, that and the fact that most people who try it generally only do so once or twice.

Those things may all be true, but they're more-or-less irrelevant to prohibitionists. I don't think you can be a prohibitionist if you have a solid grounding in facts.

I'd hope that Salvia's distinct character will eventually overcome its current demonization that seems much sourced in One grieving mother's coming to terms with her son's death combined with perhaps a direct inverse relation to the undemonizing of cannabis.  I always thought that in such matters as substance justice there should be an obligatory controlled experience of the substance by those who make legal decisions about it.  

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Re: addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedul
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 02:18:56 PM »
I'd reply, but am too devestated :(  :(  :evil:
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Re: addition of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A to Schedul
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011, 05:05:04 PM »
Salvia saved my life back when I was 15 or 16. It was like a second chance.