Evelyn J. Lynn is a Republican Party member of the Florida Senate, representing the 7th District since 2003. Her district includes parts of Clay County, Marion County, Putnam County, and Volusia County, Florida. Previously she was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1995 through 2002.
Lynn received her Doctorate from the University of Florida, and resides in Ormond Beach, Florida.
In March 2008 it was reported that Florida state Senator Evelyn Lynn and Representative Mary Brandenburg had proposed bills to make possession of Salvia divinorum
a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Senator Evelyn Lynn, who was on a committee to study the Salvia bill, said salvia should be criminalized. "I'd rather be at the front edge of preventing the dangers of the drug than waiting until we are the 40th or more," she said.
Brandenburg's House bill number is HB 1363. Lynn's Senate bill is SB340. There is also SB1612. All bills propose including Salvia divinorum & Salvinorin A on Florida's Schedule I list of controlled substances.
Opponents of extremely prohibitive Salvia restrictions argue that such reactions are largely due to an inherent prejudice and a particular cultural bias rather than any actual balance of evidence, pointing out inconsistencies in attitudes toward other more toxic and addictive drugs such as alcohol and nicotine.[i] While not objecting to some form of regulatory legal control, in particular with regard to the sale to minors or sale of enhanced high-strength extracts, most Salvia proponents otherwise argue against stricter legislation.[ii]
- ^ The worldwide number of alcohol related deaths is calculated at over 2,000 people per day, in the US the number is over 300 deaths per day.
- ^ Those advocating consideration of Salvia divinorum's potential for beneficial use in a modern context argue that more could be learned from Mazatec culture, where Salvia is not really associated with notions of drug taking at all and it is rather considered as a spiritual sacrament. In light of this it is argued that Salvia divinorum could be better understood more positively as an entheogen rather than pejoratively as a hallucinogen.
- Blosser, Brett Lessons in The Use of Mazatec Psychoactive Plants. The Salvia divinorum Research and Information Center. Retrieved on 2007-10-19..
- Gresko, Jessica "Is Salvia the Next Marijuana?". The Associated Press, Retrieved on 2008-03-11 (not for display) -->.Florida.
- Lopez, Alan D (2005). "The evolution of the Global Burden of Disease framework for disease, injury and risk factor quantification: developing the evidence base for national, regional and global public health action". Globalization and Health 1 (5): 5. - Table 2 Global burden of disease and injury attributable to selected risk factors, 1990.
- MiSP Follow the Money. Florida/Lynn,. The National Institute on Money in State Politics. (2006). Retrieved on 2008-03-11..
- NIAAA Number of deaths and age-adjusted death rates per 100,000 population for categories of alcohol-related (A-R) mortality, United States and States, 1979-96.. Database Resources / Statistical Tables. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). (2001). Retrieved on 2007-10-20..