• Board of supervisors rescind 13-month countywide ban on kratom

    Board of supervisors rescind 13-month countywide ban on kratom0

    ABERDEEN – A delegation of citizens, business owners and advocates of kratom made impassioned pleas June 1 for the board of supervisors to overturn the countywide ban on the controversial herbal supplement for treating chronic pain. Their attempt was successful as the board voted 3-2 to lift the ban.

    Representatives from the Crime and Addiction Task Force of the Lowndes County Foundation requested for the previous administration of supervisors to pass the ban last March, making it the seventh county in the region to approve a kratom ban.

    The ban was effective since early May 2019, making it illegal for the use, possession, purchase, distribution and sale, or the attempt to use, possess, purchase, distribute or sell or publicly display for sale of kratom.… Continue reading.

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  • Bathgate father and son charged over importation of new psychoactive drug Kratom

    Bathgate father and son charged over importation of new psychoactive drug Kratom0

    A Scots father and son have been charged after more than £60,000 worth of mind-altering drugs were seized at two airports.

    The duo, aged 60 and 38, were arrested after border officials discovered more than 150kgs of the dangerous new psychoactive substance kratom at the travel hubs.

    Officers intercepted a 52kg supply of the drug at Edinburgh Airport in April while a second shipment containing 102kgs of kratom was found at East Midlands Airport on May 6.



    The drugs were seized at Edinburgh Airport on April 15

    The two men were arrested after officers from the Organised Crime Partnership executed two warrants in the Bathgate area of West Lothian on Tuesday.… Continue reading.

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  • DEA Plans To Ban Kratom, Calls Drug ‘Imminent Threat’

    DEA Plans To Ban Kratom, Calls Drug ‘Imminent Threat’0

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  • Maryland bills aim to restrict kratom use, availability

    Maryland bills aim to restrict kratom use, availability0

    Kratom, a substance that users told lawmakers they take as a pain and addiction treatment, would see more stringent regulation in Maryland under legislation making its way through the General Assembly. Some government agencies advise against using the substance, calling it dangerous — while opponents of the bill are advocating for safety standards instead.

    Originating in southeast Asian countries, including Thailand and Indonesia, kratom is an herbal substance that comes from evergreen trees and has similar effects as opioids.

    House bill 283 would categorize kratom as among the most dangerous controlled substances in Maryland, a list that includes heroin, LSD, ecstasy and a hallucinogen called peyote.… Continue reading.

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  • Maryland bills aim to restrict kratom

    Maryland bills aim to restrict kratom0

    By Kevin Brown
    Capital News Service

    Kratom, a substance that users told lawmakers they take as a pain and addiction treatment, would see more stringent regulation in Maryland under legislation making its way through the General Assembly. Some government agencies advise against using the substance, calling it dangerous — while opponents of the bill are advocating for safety standards instead.

    Originating in southeast Asian countries, including Thailand and Indonesia, kratom is an herbal substance that comes from evergreen trees and has similar effects as opioids.

    House bill 283 would categorize kratom as among the most dangerous controlled substances in Maryland, a list that includes heroin, LSD, ecstasy and a hallucinogen called peyote.

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  • Local veterans combine fine, graffiti art styles to create ‘Yellow Squares Bombed’ exhibit

    Local veterans combine fine, graffiti art styles to create ‘Yellow Squares Bombed’ exhibit0

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    © ANNA REED / STATESMAN JOURNAL Former Marines Matthew Boulay, left, and Eddie Caine are pairing up to create “Yellow Squares Bombed”, to combine their fine art and graffiti art styles at the Salem Art Association on Jan. 8, 2020. The exhibit runs through Feb. 20.

    “Yellow Squares Bombed” is a collaboration between the two artists, both of whom are former Marines, and their art styles. 




    © ANNA REED / STATESMAN JOURNAL Eddie Caine paints a background for an installation at the Salem Art Association on Jan. 8, 2020.

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