North Carolina Lawmakers Seeks to Ban Kratom

North Carolina Lawmakers Seeks to Ban Kratom

Following in the footsteps of states such as Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin and Indiana, lawmakers in North Carolina started the process of outlawing kratom. The Tar-heel state might create a stained footprint. 

Kratom is a substance obtained from a species of coffee plant called mitragyna speciosa found in Southeast Asia. It has been used as a painkiller due to its opioid like effects, as well as detoxication for opium.

Lawmakers have cited that teenagers and youngsters are getting addicted to this drug thinking that it is harmless, but the effects of kratom on the body have yet to be studied properly. The DEA included kratom on their list of cautionary substances, but the FDA does not classify it as a controlled substance. This means that kratom is an over the counter substance whose adverse effects on the body are unknown.  The substance is freely available online at costs as low as $6.99, meaning that it is a popular recreational substance among youngsters.

With Senate Bill 830, lawmakers are trying to change that. They plan on including kratom in the list of controlled substances, alongside drugs like heroin and opium. This will outlaw the possession and consumption of kratom and hopefully keep the streets a bit safer. If things go according to plan, the bill might be passed in the Senate within 2 weeks. This will make North Carolina the fifth state in the United States of America to outlaw kratom.

Some people are advocating kratom for being a medicinal herb to help relieve chronic pain and for rehabilitating drug addicts. But store owners and lawmakers alike think that it is yet another harmful drug like Xanax or Ritalin. Many stores refuse to sell the substance but places offer it to anyone, without any age limit in place.

But with states such as North Carolina and Alabama making plans to outlaw kratom, it is unclear what is to happen of this herb. 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. My background with this plant and batteling metasized cancer has been a miracle for me as I can’t take the average synthetic pain medication. I know with certainty I would not be here without this plant. It would be a shame and absurd to take this gentle and harmless plant from people who use it responsibly and benefit from it. Alcohol and cigarettes that kill humans everyday continue to be sold and I believe if this plant becomes illegal…we will all know the real reason behind it. It’s impossible to overdose with Kratom!!

  2. It just shows how inept the DEA and FDA is. Tylenol and Ibuprofen kill a thousand people per year..Alcohol and cigarettes kill thousands..no ban there. But a pain relieving herbal tea that has not been studied or tested is being threatened. Its obvious that kratom is a threat to big pharma because millions have discovered when used in small amounts works better and faster than vicodin, zanax or percocet.

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