Thailand legalizes kratom
- Posted on: 2021-09-13
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Criminal penalties for possession and sale of kratom in Thailand were removed on Aug. 24, 2021.
Thousands of legal cases for possession or sale of kratom are being dropped.
121 inmates convicted in kratom cases are being released. Possession of kratom had been punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of as much as 200,000 baht ($6,077) for quantities of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) or more.
Kratom has been removed from the official list of controlled narcotics.
Thailand recently began allowing regulated medical marijuana use. It also now allows the licensed buying and growing of marijuana. Households can now grow up to six plants.
Harsh penalties remain for harder drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine.
Easing pressure on Thailand’s justice system and its overcrowded prisons has been a major impetus for the new drug policy.
Besides reducing costs in the legal system, the liberalization of kratom laws will allow it to be used as a low-cost substitute for expensive painkillers such as morphine. It will create income for people cultivating the plant, which is mostly grown and used in the impoverished south.
Kratom is ingested in different ways in different countries and cultures. In Thailand, users typically chew the leaves.
Kratom has been a part of local people’s lives for a long time, said Ramdin Areeabdulsorma, a government official in the Pattani province. “To decriminalize kratom is the right thing to do,” he said.
- Kratom remains unregulated in the U.S., although it is illegal in some states. Its proponents promote its use as a legitimate painkiller that's a safe alternative to powerful opioids.
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