• Store selling CBD products opens in Cedar Park

    Store selling CBD products opens in Cedar Park0

    A new store offering CBD-related products has opened in Cedar Park. Good Vibes: Health and Wellness, at 711 N. Bell Blvd. Ste. A, Cedar Park, opened at the beginning of September, according to co-owner Jake Allard. In addition to offering multiple forms of CBD—the non-intoxicating, anti-inflammatory chemical found in marijuana—Good Vibes also sells Kratom, which Allard described as a “very strong anti-inflammatory” typically taken orally. 512-761-3002. goodvibeshealthandwellness.com

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  • Godfrey eyes vices: Pot, kratom, video gambling regulation to be discussed by village board

    Godfrey eyes vices: Pot, kratom, video gambling regulation to be discussed by village board0

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    GODFREY — Village board members on Tuesday will take a closer look at vices Tuesday night, considering an ordinance regulating cannabis, discussions on expanding video gaming and a business license request to sell Kratom.

    The cannabis and video gaming issues were discussed at the last board meeting. At that meeting, the board instructed attorney Phil Lading to prepare an ordinance allowing a 3 percent tax on cannabis, but took no other action to allow either sale or production in the village at this time.

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  • Kratom is linked with numerous deaths. But it won’t be easy for Pennsylvania to ban it

    Kratom is linked with numerous deaths. But it won’t be easy for Pennsylvania to ban it0

    PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania state Rep. Scott Conklin was surprised how quickly a lobbyist from the American Kratom Association flew across the country to meet with him after he announced in April that he wanted to ban the unregulated herbal product that has been linked to numerous deaths.

    The pressure didn’t stop there.

    “I was inundated with kratom users,” said Conklin, a Centre County Democrat. There were well over 100 emails and phone calls. “Almost all of them were from out of my district and they were from all over the country.”

    Conklin’s experience is not unusual.

    The debate over whether kratom is a deadly drug to regulate closely or health-giving supplement to market widely is playing out in statehouses, at news conferences, and in traditional and social media as supporters of the product wield their carefully honed lobbying skills against those seeking to ban it.… Continue reading.

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  • Legislation filed that would regulate sale of kratom and CBD products in Pa.

    Legislation filed that would regulate sale of kratom and CBD products in Pa.0

    Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana, has filed two pieces of legislation that would regulate the production and sale of kratom and CBD products in Pennsylvania.

    House Resolution 459 would encourage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to provide guidelines to the commonwealth regarding CBD and the proliferation of CBD products. Currently, due to a lack of FDA oversight, there are no quality standards for CBD products and little consistency in the market, he said.

    “Consumers need these protections in place to ensure they are getting what they pay for,” said Struzzi. “These standards will provide retailers with the ability to properly market their CBD, and consumers with the assurance that they are buying a safe and effective product.”

    House Resolution 460 would encourage the FDA to provide guidelines for over-the-counter sales of kratom.

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  • With more cases of vaping-related illness expected, lawmakers look at a crackdown

    With more cases of vaping-related illness expected, lawmakers look at a crackdown0

    SALT LAKE CITY — With 21 suspected cases of vaping-related illnesses reported and the number expected to grow by next week, Utah lawmakers are looking to take action by preparing a series of bills aimed at cracking down on vaping.

    “Anytime you have that kind of a health situation and an emergency like that, it does move the needle,” Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, told FOX 13.

    Lawmakers are alarmed at the sheer number of cases reported by local health departments. Some people have been hospitalized in medically-induced comas because of lung illnesses suspected of being related to vaping.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom use, sales banned in Glen Carbon

    Kratom use, sales banned in Glen Carbon0

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    GLEN CARBON — An ordinance prohibiting possessing and selling kratom within the village of Glen Carbon was unanimously passed by trustees Tuesday.

    The village’s public safety committee passed the ordinance 3-0 on Aug. 20.

    Police Chief Todd Link cited information from the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), which lists kratom as part of the Mitragyna speciosa trees — a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family in Southeast Asia — where it has been in use since at least the 19th Century.

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