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  • The plant kratom is legal in Michigan, despite Troy police department warning

    The plant kratom is legal in Michigan, despite Troy police department warning0

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    • Kratom.

    A plant substance known as kratom remains legal in Michigan, but metro Detroiters are beginning to question its effects.

    At the beginning of the month, Troy police issued a warning about the substance and within the same week, on May 8, Matthew Dailey, 36, of Royal Oak, was sentenced to two years in prison for illegally smuggling the substance and selling it unlawfully.

    Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical tree found in southeast Asia that users consume in a capsule or powder form. Side effects of the substance that have been reported include hallucinations, seizures, and some symptoms of psychosis.… Continue reading.

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  • Lee County supervisors delay decision on kratom ban

    Lee County supervisors delay decision on kratom ban0

    TUPELO • Following a public hearing on a proposed kratom ban, Lee County supervisors have chosen to postpone any final decision until after further study.

    Opponents and supporters of a currently-legal herbal product derived from the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree squared off in a public hearing Monday, offering dire warnings and positive testimonials.

    Agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics have systematically approached around 30 cities and counties in Northeast Mississippi seeking a ban on kratom, which is available as both a powder and as a number of derivative, liquid products.

    Following Monday’s public hearing, District 3 Supervisor Tony Roper motioned that supervisors continue deliberation.

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    • Kratom: Breakthrough Treatment Or Dangerous?

      Kratom: Breakthrough Treatment Or Dangerous?0

      The Kratom tree finds itself in the midst of some controversy with some people hailing it as a breakthrough treatment while others are insisting it is a dangerous drug.

      Leaves from the plant have been long used for pain relief in traditional medicines, and it has been gaining popularity around the globe. It comes from the coffee family, but it’s opioid compounds are suggested by some to possibly exacerbate the opioid epidemic while other suggest that it can help to alleviate it.

      Kratom can have similar effects to opioids and stimulants as when its compounds interact with the brain’s opioid receptors it can cause pleasure, sedation, bursts of energy, and pain reduction.

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    • She moved to Mississippi so she could take kratom legally. Here’s why that could end.

      She moved to Mississippi so she could take kratom legally. Here’s why that could end.0

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      Derived from a plant native to Southeast Asia, kratom is an opioid consumed in many forms. Statesman Journal

      Every morning, Hernando resident Bethany Cook scoops a couple of teaspoons of green herbal powder into her mouth, washing it down with a drink.

      The powder is called kratom. It’s derived the crushed up leaves of a plant native to Southeast Asia, traditionally used as a stimulant and medicine. It’s bitter and earthy and “tastes horrible,” Cook says.… Continue reading.

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    • Weed set to come in drop form ‘by July’

      Weed set to come in drop form ‘by July’0

      The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) said yesterday it is ready to deliver medicinal cannabis products in the form of sublingual — or under-the-tongue — drops to hospitals nationwide by the end of July.

      The GPO, a Thai state enterprise that manufactures pharmaceutical products, has been authorised by the Ministry of Public Health to grow cannabis and conduct research into ways of developing related medicines.

      This came about after the government acknowledged the legitimacy of evidence showing the outlawed substance can have health-enhancing properties.

      The state body also previously sought to initiate a legal amendment that would permit marijuana to be used for medicinal use and research.… Continue reading.

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