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Legislators Go Slow on Kratom

by North Carolina Health News

Posted on June 15, 2016

A legislative proposal to ban kratom, a mood-altering drug, has been dialed down so that its use would only be illegal in North Carolina for people younger than 18.

Sen. Tom McInnis (R-Rockingham) presents his bill at the Senate Health Care Committee Tuesday, as Sen. Tommy Tucker (R-Waxhaw) looks on.

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NC Lawmakers Consider Banning Kratom


Posted on May 23, 2016

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina lawmakers are considering making kratom, the drug that is commonly used to deal with pain or opioid detox, illegal.

If Senate Bill 830 is passed, North Carolina would join Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Vermont in making the drug illegal.

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N.C. bill seeks to ban Asian herb kratom

by The Wilson Times

Posted on May 20, 2016

RALEIGH — A recently introduced bill has some worried about an Asian herb used to treat narcotic addiction being outlawed.

State Sen. Tom McInnis, R-Richmond, filed Senate Bill 830 last week. The legislation would add mitragynine — an alkaloid in the plant kratom — to the controlled substances list, alongside heroin and morphine.

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Senate Panel Cautious on Kratom Ban


Posted on May 17, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. — A proposal to ban the use of kratom in North Carolina met with a lukewarm reception in the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday, as members asked for more data on the drug and its effects.

Kratom, sometimes called ketom, is a medicinal plant native to Southeast Asia. While not technically an opioid, it acts on opioid receptors, offering some of the same effects, though some users have reported stimulative qualities as well.

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