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Ottawa moving toward salvia ban

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Ottawa is moving to ban the sale, cultivation and posession of salvia, a herb that causes hallucinations.

St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover made the announcement Monday at the St. Vital YMCA-YWCA. She said salvia is a growing problem among teens, made even more popular recently when pop star Miley Cyrus was caught smoking it.

"I'm concerned about it and I don't know a single parent who wouldn't be concerned," said Glover.

The herb, commonly sold at head shops, won't be banned immediately. The process of listing salvia in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act could take two years by the time public comment is sought and regulations are drafted.

Health Canada had already posted notice of its intention to ban the potent hallucinogenic herb and its active ingredient, salvinorin A. The notice, posted Feb. 4 on the Canada Gazette, gives stakeholders 30 days in which to comment.

Currently, salvia —also known as magic mint and diviner's sage — is considered a natural health product. As such, it is supposedly illegal to sell it without authorization from Health Canada.

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Updated on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM CST: updated with comments from Shelly Glover

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