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New Law Adds Salvia Divinorum to Penalty Group 3 of the TCSA

A new crop of laws were enacted and approved by the Texas government for September, and one of them concerns the drug Salvia divinorum. This narcotic has been added to penalty group three for the Texas Controlled Substances Act. The new law stipulates that unless the drug is unharvested and is growing in its natural state, it is considered illegal. All parts of the plan are considered illegal material when used for drug purposes. This includes the seeds and extracts that are a part of the plant.

Salvia divinorum is also known under the street names Diviner's Safe, Ska Maria Pastora, and Seer's Sage. It is a plant that can induce dissociative effects and can often produce visions or hallucinations in users. Shamans have always utilized this drug to facilitate visionary states of consciousness during spiritual healing sessions. The drug is legal in most counties and in a majority of states in the United States. Sometimes the salvia is even used in addiction treatment therapies.

The federal drug laws regulate but don't ban the use of Salvia divinorum, and only a handful of states have actually passed laws criminalizing the substance. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health says that about 1.8 million people over the age of 12 used this drug in their lifetime at the time that the survey was taken in 2006. About 750,000 people had taken the drug on the day that the survey was taken.

A survey taken the next year showed that usage jumped up to about 1 million persons per year. If you want more information about this drug, or if you have been arrested for its use, then you need to contact a Texas drug defense attorney. With the right attorney on your side, you may be able to get a plea bargain, reduced sentence, or a case dismissal. Learn more today!