LB 123 Watch

I’m pretty indifferent, personally, where question of drug use are concerned.  However, I’m not so indifferent where liberty is concerned, and anything that limits the exercise of liberty for others–even to be unwise–is automatically suspect where I’m concerned.  The standard, in my view, for limits on the behavior of others ought to be: is there a HIGH likelihood that the potentially unwise behavior will result in danger to the general public?

LB 123, introduced by Sen. Russ Karpisek (32), seeks to categorize the herb Salvia as a Schedule I Controlled Substance.  Schedule I drugs must fit into these categories:

  1. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
  2. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
  3. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

In my reading on Salvia, I find little indication that it is exceedingly dangerous, or that the use of it poses a major threat to the general public.

One of the great ironies of this bill is that Sen. Karpisek has previously indicated that he opposes an outright ban on smoking in public locations (like restaurants and bars), preferring to leave the decision of whether or not to allow smoking to the owners of the establishment on “property rights” grounds.  And yet the potential danger to others from second hand smoke would seem to be more profound than the potential danger to others from the use of Salvia.

The bill is now on Select File, which means that it can be advanced to Final Reading.  Time may be limited to muster up opposition to the bill, but I would encourage those who love liberty to consider dropping their senator an e-mail, and question this bill on liberty grounds.

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One response to “LB 123 Watch

  1. Jim

    I have to agree with you on this, I’m not familiar with the substance myself, but, if it’s not dangerous to the general public, why are we regulating it?

    This seems like nonsense, and a inch further upon our liberties. I guess some politicians just need something to do to feel important…?

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