In Tennessee, ingesting salvia is a Class A misdemeanor, but possessing the herb is legal. In California and Maine, possession is legal but sale to a minor is prohibited.
Legislation to criminalize salvia is pending in at least 13 more states. For example, an Iowa bill would make salvia possession a felony, while a bill introduced in Massachusetts would make such possession a misdemeanor.
Griffiths and other researchers are even more concerned about what federal officials may do. â€œA move by the DEA to put salvia on the controlled substances list could be a real possibility,â€? Griffiths says.
Asked for comment, DEA officials would say only that they are in the process of evaluating salvia.
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