Bill calls for ban on legal hallucinogen

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008

ANCHORAGE - State Sen. Gene Therriault wants to impose a ban on a naturally growing hallucinogen that's sold legally.

Salvia divinorum is a species of sage. It is not banned under the federal Controlled Substances Act, but more than a half dozen states have banned the drug.

Efforts are under way in other states, including Alaska, on whether to also ban the drug.

Therriault, a North Pole Republican, says he hopes Senate Bill 38 will be addressed this session.

The bill calls for a ban on Salvia divinorum and Salvinorin A - the psychotropic chemical in the plant - as controlled substances under state law.

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