Sebelius Signs Bill Criminalizing Hallucinogenic Herb

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas is now one of nine states in the country that have criminalized the illicit use of a hallucinogenic herb called salvia divinorum.

Governor Sebelius has signed legislation banning the possession, use or sale of the drug.

It has long been legal in the U.S. and used in shamanistic rituals in southern Mexico.

Almost 20 other states are considering making the drug illegal as well.

Landscapers often use the broad leaf for ground cover.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, smoking or chewing a concentrated extract of the plant produces hallucinations, a perception of overlapping realities, dizziness and impaired speech.

It was mentioned as playing a part in the suicide of a Delaware teenager in 2006.

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