Is Salvia legal?

When I was in college, you could buy little packs of Salvia at the gas station. I haven't noticed it around these days. Is it still sold legally?

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Salvia is a short-term, intense psychoactive plant in the same family is the common herb sage. Salvia is also known as Diviner's Sage, Ska María Pastora, Seer's Sage. Salvia has been used by Mazatec shamans in southern Mexico for hundreds of years. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported in 2007 that over 1 million Americans had used Salvia divinorum in their lifetime.

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Salvia (also known as Diviner's Sage, Ska María Pastora, or Seer's Sage) is a natural herb.

Here is a map of the US showing states that banned Salvia or restrict it. Red states banned it. Dark red states are considering banning it (proposed regulation). Yellow states prohibit sale to minors. The gray states do not currently regulate it:

As for Federal law, it is not regulated. If sold for human consumption, it probably falls under FTC and FDA regulations, which would probably not support the sale for use as a recreational drug. Here's the latest from the DEA (a few years old?):

Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A are not currently controlled under the CSA. However, a number of states have placed controls on Salvia divinorum and/or salvinorin A.


As of November 2008, thirteen states have enacted legislation placing regulatory controls on Salvia divinorum and/or salvinorin A. Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Virginia have placed Salvia divinorum and/or salvinorin A into schedule I of state law. California, Louisiana, Maine and Tennessee enacted other forms of legislation restricting the distribution of the plant. States in which legislative bills proposing regulatory controls died are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, and Utah. Legislative bills proposing regulatory controls are pending in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Salvinorin A and/or Salvia divinorum have been placed under regulatory controls in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Sweden.

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answered 02 May '12, 03:41

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