The herb Salvia Divinorum was frequently found in grocery, convenience and health-food stores, as well as in smoke shops. Its nicknames are "Sally-D", "Magic Mint" and "Diviners Sage" and it is now being compared to LSD and PCP.
Before May 1st, it was a legal hallucinogenic originating from Mexico, historically used for spiritual purposes.
Some users of the herb said Salvia gave them an out-of-body experience where they felt they were traveling through time or watching inanimate objects come to life. Others said they had scarier hallucinations where they envisioned their throats closing up.
So far, Salvia has been attributed to being a factor in one Delaware teenager's suicide.
"It puts individuals out of control where they may not have all their faculties and may or may not have long-term effects," Capt. Michael Utz, Garden City Police said.
Although the Garden City Police Department has had no reported instances regarding Salvia, officers are checking to see if the drug is still accessible to the public at local stores.
As of noon on Monday, officers found the product at only one store.
"We are not going to be filing criminal charges, instead, educating store
owners and clerks," Police said.
Kansas is one of only a few states to ban Salvia. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, the herb is not yet federally illegal. However, a federal ban is in the beginning stages.
Police said that even if the drug was purchased before May 1st, it is still illegal to possess it. They urge citizens to turn over the drug to police for proper disposal.
Currently, the violation for Salvia is the same as it is for marijuana.