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Hill AFB Bans Salvia Divinorum Use

Hill AFB Bans Salvia Divinorum Use

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) -- A legal herb called salvia divinorum that is sometimes ingested or inhaled has been banned at Hill Air Force Base.

Colonel Scott Chambers, installation commander, issued the order earlier this month, banning its use among civilian employees, contractors, military dependents and all other "guests" to the base.

Possession and use by members of the military was banned in January.

Chambers says salvia use on the base is not a problem, but the ban is an effort to keep it from becoming one.

The Drug Enforcement Administration isn't quite sure what to do about salvia divinorum, which is sometimes called "magic mint."

DEA spokeswoman Rogene Waite says it's something that's being researched now.

Some types of salvia plants are native to Utah, grow in the wild and are drought-tolerant.

At Hill Air Force base, use or possession of salvia divinorum could result in disciplinary action.

Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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