Urge No Vote on Alabama Salvia Bill

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The Alabama House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill which would outlaw salvia and apply the same penalties currently imposed on those caught with marijuana.

Loretta Nall is asking people who share an interest in keeping natural plants free from ridiculous laws and keeping kids experimenting with drugs out of prison to write a letter to the members of the judiciary committee RIGHT NOW and ask them to vote NO on HB475.

Here is a letter she sent yesterday.


Dear Members of the House Judiciary Committee,

I am writing today to ask you to vote against HB475 which would add salvia divinorum and Salvanorin A to the Schedule 1 of controlled substances.

We don’t need to list salvia divinorum and Salvinorin A as schedule 1 controlled substances. We already have far too many people in jail and prison in Alabama for use of natural plants. The prison commissioner says that drug laws and 67 new felony laws passed by the legislature are the reason he has over 30,000 inmates in a space built to hold 12,000. So, obviously these laws you continue to pass are not helping with the prison crisis. Nor are they stopping youthful indiscretion and experimentation.

Salvia isn’t a problem, but you can sure make it one if you pass this law. Salvia is not a pleasant plant to ingest and most people I know do not want to do it again after the first time. This law will primarily effect college age kids, barring them from receiving federal student financial aid, living in public housing and making it more difficult if not impossible for them to find gainful employment because of a ‘drug conviction’ on their record over a geranium plant. How much sense does it make to saddle young kids with criminal records for the rest of their lives? If the legislature wants to go after problem plants then may I suggest, kudzu, privet and poison oak/ivy.

Please vote NO on HB475

Here is a letter sent by a former cop

Please oppose HB475, concerning the criminalization of various forms of salvia.

We don’t need to make salvia divinorum and Salvinorin A schedule 1 controlled substances. As an ex-law enforcement officer, I believe we already have far too many people in jail and prison in Alabama for use of natural plants. I understand that our prisons now hold 30,000 inmates in a space designed for 12,000. The existing drug laws are largely responsible for this untenable situation

Salvia isn’t a problem, but you can sure make it one if you pass this law. Most people have never heard of it, or only know it as an ornamental flowering plant. My yard would quickly become a crime scene with the passage of this ill advised legislation. But, if it becomes the subject of legislation and makes a splash in mainstream media, it will become known all too well.

It is really time for elected officials to concern themselves with actual problems. rather than attention getting “trick plays” to attract knee jerk law and order voters. Too many of our kids have already had their lives destroyed by being arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned for violating some victimless crime that harmed no one but themselves.

Please vote NO on HB475

Please feel free to copy and paste either of these letters or write your own…but DO SOMETHING!

Here are the email adresses/contact info for the judiciary committee

Emails are firstname.lastname@alhouse.org

Example marcel.black@alhouse.org

Marcel Black
Room 516-F
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7667

Spencer Collier
Room 540-D
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7719

Paul DeMarco
Room 537-F
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7740

Priscilla Dunn
Room 540-B
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7702

Chris England
Room 539-B
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7703

Laura Hall
Room 518
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7688

Tammy Irons
Room 526-B
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL. 36130
(334) 353-9032

Jamie Ison
Room 527-B
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7711

Marc Keahey
Room 630-A
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7748

Steve McMillan
Room 532
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7723

Charles Newton
Room 541-E
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4460

John Robinson
Room 534-D
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7728

Yusuf Salaam
Room 539-E
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7746

Howard Sanderford
Room 528-B
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4368

Cam Ward
Room 625-C
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7750

Loretta Nall
Executive Director
Alabamians for Compassionate Care
251-650-2271
lorettanall@gmail.com

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