- Kratom News
- January 11, 2019
SONGKHLA: About 250kg of kratom leaves and 800 bottles of cough syrup worth altogether almost 200,000 baht were seized at a warehouse in Hat Yai district on Wednesday.
The leaves and the syrup bottles were found hidden under a large sheet at the warehouse in tambon Khlong Hae. The authorities believed the syrup was to be mixed with the leaves to brew an addictive cocktail drink.
The value of the leaves and the syrup was estimated at 190,000 baht, according to local police.
Police said the raid on the warehouse followed the arrest of Dong Kaewsantia, 46, who was stopped at a roadside checkpoint as he was driving a pick-up truck carrying kratom leaves.
The leaves were ordered from a supplier in Sadao district on the Thai-Malaysian border.… Continue reading.READ MORE
Thailand’s Bhumjaithai Party has announced that it will be proposing a bill that will allow the country’s households to grow up to six cannabis plants. Thailand has a long tradition of using cannabis and the kratom plant for wellness purposes. It was the first Southeastern Asian country to regulate medicinal cannabis in 2018, when a law was passed unanimously in favor of the policy change.
“The principle is for medical use,” said Bhumjaithai Party official Supachai Jaisamut. “You can have it at home for ailments, but not smoke it on the street.” Jaisamut estimated that the law could come to a vote in the next six months.… Continue reading.READ MORE
The Point Pleasant Beach Council is looking to ban a substance that it says is a potential threat to public health and has the potential for abuse.
The council says it is looking to prohibit the sale of kratom, which is used as a recreational drug and as medicine.
The council plans to introduce the ordinance at its Tuesday meeting and then vote to approve on Oct. 1.
The ordiance comes just as police have been cracking on the sale of vaping products at a smoke shop in Point Pleasant Beach, police said. This was the second time in a matter of months that the store was allegedly caught.… Continue reading.READ MORE
ST. CHARLES — St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann cautioned Friday that allowing the regulated sale of kratom in his region was not an endorsement of the controversial product that has exploded in popularity.
“I don’t want people to get the wrong impression,” he said by telephone. “By not banning it is not saying it’s OK. The council is not ready to ban it until we get more medical information from the FDA.”
The St. Charles County Council passed a bill on Aug. 26 to allow the sale of kratom with some restrictions and requirements, such as clear labeling. On Thursday, Ehlmann allowed the bill to pass without his signature.… Continue reading.
Kratom, a popular herbal substance of Southeast Asian origin, continues to be targeted by the federal Food and Drug Administration, which has issued numerous health warnings about it. The agency has even taken part in the seizure of a shipment bound for Denver, which banned kratom for human consumption in late 2017.
Nonetheless, kratom remains readily available for sale in Denver and throughout much of Colorado, and according to knowledgeable sources in the state and beyond, business continues to boom despite the FDA’s actions and the Mile High City’s restrictions. To keep up with demand, suppliers say they are purchasing kratom by the ton either in raw form — leaves plucked straight from the plant — or ground into a powder that is frequently used to make teas.… Continue reading.READ MORE
“We won’t shut down our shop because flavored vaping products are shut down. We’ll just remove our vaping products,” he said. “But a lot of people who run strictly vape shops would lose a lot of money, probably their businesses. This is coming out of nowhere.”
Whitmer’s announcement comes on the heels of a spate of severe lung infections tied to e-cigarette use in Michigan and nationally.