Kratom use in USA will be banned becasue Senator Pam Helming and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle introduced legislation that would ban minors from purchasing, possessing, or using any product containing kratom.
The bill, S.6924/A.8787, would amend the state Health Law to define and regulate kratom and for the Department of Health to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of kratom.
Kratom is a tropical tree in the coffee family originating in Southeast Asia, where it has been used as an herbal drug. The drug is believed to have some health benefits such as pain relief, stress relief and as a substitute for opioids, but many also say it has a minor potential for abuse and addiction.
The Drug Enforcement Administration moved to ban the sale and classify it as a Schedule I drug back in 2016 but the decision was delayed because of the uproar of hundreds of thousands of Americans and now they are forced to research. According to media reports, more than 142,000 people signed a petition asking the federal government to reconsider.