Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Meyer anti-drug bill passes House

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bill that would prohibit the sale of a dangerous, hallucinogenic drug to people under 21 passed the House today.

House Bill 2687, sponsored by Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 11), would make it a Class 2 misdemeanor if a person is found guilty of selling any drug that contains the hallucinogenic herb Salvia divinorum or Salvinorin to anyone under age 21.

“More kids are starting to use this drug and it’s dangerous because they can hurt themselves and others,” Meyer said. “This has become a public safety issue in and out of schools, and it’s important that we do our part to make this unavailable to kids.”

Salvia divinorum is a type of sage plant that can cause intense hallucinations. It also can cause dangerous side effects such as the inability to control muscles and balance, extreme fear, terror and panic, increased perspiration, altered perceptions and dissociation with walking or standing when inhaled.

Other states already have similar laws.

To see a video interview with Meyer visit www.youtube.com/azhousedems.

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