February 2019 – Following “Reefer Madness” style fear-based reports from news outlets in North Mississippi, the town of Columbus, MS has decided to ban kratom.
Kratom is a natural, over-the-counter product that people commonly use to improve their well-being; however, some claim the plant is addictive.
People in favor of Kratom brought their concerns before council members during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Just last week Mayor Robert Smith signed into law, banning the sale and distribution of Kratom within city limits. With the ban in place, if someone is caught using, selling or distributing Kratom, they could be fined $1,000 and also possibly face time behind bars.
Those in support of Kratom say the product should be regulated, not Banned.
“Regulate it and make it 18 and up so no children can get a hold of it and make sure that it’s tested and that it’s safe. You cannot send an addict back to something that they cannot control because they need something for pain. Like I said, it was torture and I literally moved back to Mississippi so that I could be legal and get off of pain medication again,” said Bethany Cook.
In the state of Mississippi, Kratom is currently banned in the city of Columbus and Union County.