Cabinet okays law to control sale and use of kratom

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The draft Narcotics Act proposed by the Ministry of Justice to control the use of kratom (mitragyna speciosa) was approved by the Cabinet meeting on Monday, Government deputy spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek said.

On March 10, the Cabinet had approved the removal of kratom from Thailand’s narcotics list.

“The draft aims to control the use of kratom and prevent children and adolescents from abusing it,” she said. “The rules to be enforced are as follows:

▪︎ The manufacture, import and export of kratom are only allowed by those who have permission from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board. Violators will be punished with a maximum Bt200,000 fine and maximum two years’ imprisonment.

▪︎ Selling of kratom to persons under 18 years old or pregnant women is prohibited, as well as hiring or allowing persons under 18 years to sell kratom, with punishment at a maximum of Bt200,000 fine and maximum two years’ imprisonment.

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