Welcome to the Kratomaton Biweekly Update for December 20th, 2019!
This week, some readers might find that Christmas has come early due to Thailand’s most recent kratom announcement. And, of course, we’ve got the latest kratom deals and discounts in case you’re doing some last-minute, before-the-holidays shopping!
? KRATOM IN THE NEWS
Thailand Excludes Kratom from Narcotics List; Promises Expedited Legalization
On December 11th, 2019, Thailand Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin announced that his ministry is drafting new laws for narcotics and that kratom won’t be among them.
To determine kratom’s updated drug classification, Somsak and his government referred to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO defines narcotics as having notable withdrawal symptoms, no or only slight medical value, causing health problems and addiction, and having a negative impact on society. When held to these criteria, Somsak and his government decided that kratom isn’t a narcotic.
“Kratom leaves do not match those characteristics,” said Somsak. “Those who use them can stop using it easily, and the leaves can be used as herb to relieve pain, fever, dysentery, or diarrhea. Also, it is better than morphine thirteen times in killing pain, and has a few disadvantages.”
Since 1979, Thailand has listed kratom as an illicit, narcotic-like drug. However, in 2018, the country became the first Southeast Asian nation to legalize kratom for medical use.
Missouri Introduces Bill that Makes Kratom a Schedule I Substance
On December 1st, 2019, the American state of Missouri filed Senate Bill 765, a bill that proposes adding kratom to the state’s list of Schedule I controlled substances, which includes drugs like heroin.
If passed, kratom would become illegal to manufacture, distribute, and possess in the state of Missouri.
As of now, the bill hasn’t made any progress. However, the American Kratom Association previously listed Missouri as one of its targets for policy reform in 2020, so it’s possible that they’ll be contesting the bill in the coming year.
? VENDOR UPDATES
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