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Utah lawmaker moves to ban salvia

TV news scare report on Salvia divinorum prompts lawmaker to act

An immediate response to last night's Eyewitness News Investigation into the herb called Salvia. Just hours after we warned you about the legal but dangerous substance, a Utah lawmaker took some action.

Utah Lawmaker Paul Ray watched our story on Salvia divinorum. He didn't like what he saw.

"I am rocking the world right now. I just feel like I am rocking the world."

Only KSL brought you the video of kids tripping out on the legal herb, Salvia -- a substance narcotics officers compare to LSD.

"Like I've stepped outside my body."

We went undercover to show you how easy it is to buy the hallucinogen at Salt Lake Valley smoke shops. Our story revealed that while Utah teens know all about smoking Salvia to get high, parents are in the dark.

"Never knew anything about this. Never heard of this."

Rep. Paul Ray, (R) Clearfield: "It was upsetting to see we have a drug of that strength that's legal."

Moments after our story ended, Utah Representative Paul Ray began writing a bill to ban Salvia. We were there on Capitol Hill to see the paperwork filed.

Rep. Paul Ray, (R) Clearfield: "We're basically going to make it illegal to possess or sell. Period."

Late today we learned one local police department is also reacting to our story. They've decided now is the right time to educate officers about the herb, emailing out information and photos of Salvia.

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Posted on: 2006-11-29 11:55:26