Salvia divinorum, unless unharvested and growing in its natural state, meaning all parts of that plant, whether growing or not, the seeds of that plant, an extract from a part of that plant, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of that plant, its seeds, or extracts, including Salvinorin A.What is salvia divinorum? A breed of wild sage. My wife says salvia is a staple for Texas gardeners - in fact, we've got some growing in the backyard. It blooms all summer, handles heat and drought, and draws butterflies and hummingbirds, she informs me. But apparently when smoked it will get you (somewhat unpleasantly) high. I wrote in 2007:
I'd not heard of this drug before, but it appears to be a psychoactive plant originally used by Indians in Mexico as part of shamanic religious rituals. But the plant grows naturally in Texas, and after studies in the 1990s identified its hallucinogenic qualities, its use for recreational purposes, said the Senator, has expanded among youth. ...The Houston Press in 2003 did a feature where several staffers tried salvia with friends and reported their experiences. (See more on the salvia debate from the Texas Observer.)
Sen. [Craig] Estes said to Google it, so I did. This source says that Salvia "is not habit-forming, not addictive, and does not present a significant risk to public health or safety," but I'd never heard of it.
Because the drug is so obscure and unlikely to be abused, this arguably is another instance where messages promoting sentence enhancements do more to promote than deter the negative conduct they're targeting. Seeing the drug's effects described, it seems unlikely that salvia would become a popular recreational drug - unless they ban it.
UPDATE: See coverage of the hearing from the Houston Chronicle's Texas Politics Blog, where David Rauf wrote:
HB 126 was left pending because its current language, which would criminalize the entire plant and its seeds, was too broad. Gallego requested that Anderson amend his bill to criminalize only the Salvia extract that can cause hallucinations.