Needless to say, $2,000 a year is not even enough to
pay the costs of monitoring (on a daily basis) the various legal forums that
would signal an official effort by the federal government to schedule the
plant and/or its active principle.
If the government does move to schedule the plant,
and this is done by the DEA pursuant to ordinary scheduling procedures (as
opposed to emergency scheduling or by a congressional bill), it would cost
us approximately $15,000 to prepare a professional legal response, and
another $15,000 (min) to coordinate expert testimony and pay to have these
experts fly to Washington DC for a hearing.
If we lost the hearing, and were determined to
appeal the results in administrative hearings and then into federal court,
the costs could easily exceed $100,000, and could take several years.
So, the bottom line is that we'd need to raise a
minimum of $35,000 to restart the defense fund (enough to continue
monitoring for another 12 months, plus necessary funds for opposing a DEA
scheduling effort at the administrative hearing stage). Despite two years of
efforts to raise the necessary funds, we have fallen far short of what is
required to professionally defend this special plant.
I'd like to again thank those people whose donations
helped make it possible to operate the defense fund for the past two years.
But, the CCLE is currently in a financial deficit and, if we hope to remain
in existence, we have no choice but to limit our projects to those with
If you know anyone who might be interested in making
a major donation toward the CCLE's general cognitive liberty work, or who
would be specifically interested in reviving our Salvia divinorum work,
please invite them to contact me.
Richard Glen Boire (rgb at cognitiveliberty
Co-Director / Legal Counsel
Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (ccle)