West Virginia bill regulating kratom moves to Senate
- Posted on: 2023-03-04
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Regulation is widely viewed as a step toward standardizing dosage information and directions for use.
In a voice vote without discussion, West Virginia’s Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 23 approved a bill regulating the marketing of kratom and delta-8 THC.
The bill, SB 220, addresses the processing, distribution and sale of kratom and hemp-derived cannabinoids, as reported by David Beard of the Dominion Post.
Under the bill, the sale of kratom is prohibited to those under age 21.
Delta-8 and the related compound delta-9 THC are both hemp derivatives.
Use of kratom at low doses is reported to increase alertness, physical energy and talkativeness.
It is often used as a treatment for muscle pain, appetite suppression, to ease abdominal cramps and diarrhea, and to treat panic attacks, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Regulating the processing of kratom could standardize the amount of kratom’s active ingredient per dose, making it easier for users to gauge its effect.
The bill now heads to the full state Senate.