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Alabama Legislature approves ban on salvia sales

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature has decided to
outlaw several legal products that have effects similar to marijuana.

The Senate voted 24-0 Thursday to give final approval to a bill by Democratic Rep. James Gordon of Saraland that makes it a crime to have salvia divinorum, salvinoroum A, and three chemicals that
act like marijuana.

Democratic Sen. Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham said salvia is hallucinogenic, and all the products have become popular with young
people looking to get high.

The owner of two adult-oriented shops in Huntsville and Decatur, Sherri Williams, says banning the products will cost her $200,000
in annual sales. She says many of her customers use the products
for relief from nausea and stress.

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