Below is a letter I am sending to my congressman. All you have to do is copy it and send it to your congessman. Here is the link to the congessional database ( http://www.house.gov/writerep/ ). You have no excuse to not write to your congressman now other than laziness and if I find out you failed to do this I will kick you!
A bill (HR 5607) introduced in Congress on October 10, seeks to make the Mazatec ceremonial plant Salvia divinorum and its active principle Salvinorin A the next outlawed drugs under federal law.
HR 5607 is an effort to bypass procedural safeguards established for determining which drugs should be controlled. Rather than make an end-run around these procedures, Congress, if it truly believes that Salvia divinorum meets the criteria for addition to Schedule I should refer the matter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for his evaluation and recommendation. This is the procedure established by federal law.
HR 5607 bill is a political effort to grandstand on the War on Drugs, when drug prohibition has been shown to cause more harm than good. See Drug War Facts (http://www.drugwarfacts.org/) for useful statistics on the failure of drug prohibition.
HR 5607 targets a plant that has a well-established history of safe shamanic use by the Mazatec Indians of Mexico. The plant's beneficial medicinal properties are just beginning to be scientifically explored, and HR 5607 would make it all-but-impossible to continue these investigations. A recent scientific paper(http://www.erowid.org/plants/salv
The plant does not present a danger to the public. According to the Toxic Exposure Surveillance System maintained by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there has not been a single report of S. divinorum poisoning.
According to a report on Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A by the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (ccle), neither Salvia divinorum, nor salvinorin A, meet the criteria necessary for addition to Schedule I. Please download this report (http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/pdf/sa
As one of your supporters I urge you to vote against this bill.