DENVER — A town south of Denver (Castle Rock) has banned the sale of Kratom to anyone under the age of 18. However, general sale of Kratom still remains legal.
The Castle Rock town council approved an ordinance Tuesday that imposes a $300 fine on anyone caught selling Kratom to minors. Late last year, the town imposed a 6-month pause on the licensing of new Kratom shops while new rules were established.
Kratom, derived from leaves of a tree based in southeast Asia, is commonly used in 3 forms:
Many see Kratom as a safe, natural alternative to opioid painkillers. In fact, there are over 5 million Kratom users in the U.S. alone. But the Food and Drug Administration says it exposes users to the risks of addiction, abuse and dependence. Citing deaths related to the substance that many scientist have debunked as misleading information. Whether or not Kratom will become legalized across the U.S. remains a mystery. To date, 4 states already plan to make the sale of Kratom legal by signing the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
Source: The Denver Post