The drug Salvia has been outlawed in five states but if you're at least 18 years old and have $25 in your pocket you can buy a gram of Salvia at Sabare's Smoke Shop in Rockford and while you may not have heard about the drug before chances are college kids have.
Counselors at Rosecrance say Salvia is growing in popularity and they fear it can lead to use of other drugs. Right now the US Drug Enforcement Agency is deciding how to regulate Salvia nationally but closer to home the drug might soon be labeled as illegal.
Governor Blagojevich's signature is all which is needed to make the drug illegal in Illinois following passage of a law by the State House and Senate but until that measure is signed the regulating of Salvia falls on the shoulders of parents.
Salvia has been compared to other hallucinogens like LSD or mushrooms. Health officials tell us those who use the drugs often report intense sensations, out of body experiences, and depression.
No word on if or when the Governor might sign the anti Salvia legislation.