Anderson, Charles "Doc"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/20/2011
HOUSE WRAPS UP WORK ON ANDERSON LEGISLATION BANNING POWERFUL HALLUCINOGEN
AUSTIN -- The Texas House gave final approval today to House Bill 470 by Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson of Waco, which places Salvia divinorum under Penalty Group 3 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. The powerful hallucinogen, now sold legally in head shops and through the internet, will be prohibited in Texas once approved by the Senate. Penalties for possession would range from a Class A misdemeanor for most small amounts, and increase for larger amounts related to dealers.
"This is a strong vote and an important step to help protect Texans from dangerous drugs," said Rep. Anderson after the 147-2 record vote. "Texas families and cities have taken the lead in trying to get dangerous drugs out of the retail market, and this state law will help accomplish that goal."
Salvia divinorum is a species of the salvia plant, the extract of which is termed the world's most potent naturally occurring hallucinogen. The quick-acting substance produces a high involving imaginary visions, alternate realities, extreme disorientation/incapacitation, and has other possible negative mental health effects.
Texas would become the 24th state to enact legislation regulating this substance in the 5 years since the suicide of Brett Chidester of Delaware, whose use of the hallucinogen is said by his parents to have led to his death.