, Feb. 11, 2009], and pop star Miley Cyrus recently apologized for using it on videotape), has been under study by Johns Hopkins University researchers who think it might have some medicinal uses. The new bill—for which there is no companion bill in the state senate—would amp up the penalty for selling salvia—making it a year in the stir for distribution to anyone, not just kids under 21, as the law now states. But the bill proposes to repeal penalties for mere possession. “Sounds to me like the—if I’m correct in that this is shifting emphasis to distribution—that sort of makes sense to me,” says Matthew Johnson, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins who has been studying salvia for several years. “It would—may—be appropriate to put the penalties on the distributor rather than a young person who is trying it.” He says that he and Roland Griffith, who leads the study, have not found any harmful effects of salvia so far when it’s ingested in a carefully controlled setting.