Right after the video came out showing Cyrus’ high antics and mistaking someone in the group for her boyfriend, people quickly pointed out that she wasn’t smoking marijuana, but the herb salvia, which is legal in California, the Huffington Post reports.
And some people jumped on the newfound publicity. The Salvia Society, for instance, is marketing it as Miley’s “it” drug.
“Buy salvia divinorum extract! Same one Miley Cyrus got,” the site says.
Salvia is an herb in the mint family that causes hallucinations, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency and is controlled under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
“Right from the start, it is counterintuitive to allow the legal sale of a product that seems deliberately produced to provide an end-run around federal drug laws, Stillman said. “If one of our purposes in state government is to protect the public health and well-being of individual residents – particularly young people – our state must carefully scrutinize comparable products and ban those with no discernable productive purpose.”
As of February 2010, 16 states had placed regulatory controls on salvia.