Early charge of Salvia possession dropped

April 8, 2009

April 07, 2009

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in southwest Ohio thought they were making a landmark bust when they invoked a new law making the sale and possession of a hallucinogenic plant illegal.

It turns out they were a day early.

Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones sent out a news release Monday touting his county’s first arrest under a new law that bans Salvia divinorum, which some states put in the same category as marijuana.

Then he put out another release saying the charge was being dropped because the law didn’t take effect until Tuesday.