State Sen. Arthur Orr

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MONTGOMERY — Among the flurry of bills passing the Alabama Legislature late Wednesday night was one to add kratom to the state’s list of Schedule I controlled substances.

Senate Bill 266 to outlaw the substance was sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur. It was drafted with the help of the Alabama District Attorneys Association.

Kratom, which can be smoked, ingested or steeped in tea, is a tropical plant related to coffee and is legal in most states, except Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee and Indiana. According to local law enforcement, it’s similar to marijuana and often used to skirt Alabama’s current laws that ban controlled substances.

Opponents of the legislation said kratom helps with pain relief, isn’t dangerous and should not be criminalized.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin was a proponent of Orr’s bill, which now goes to the governor for his signature.

“Because it’s not illegal, you can sell it to a 12-year-old in a convenience store,” Franklin said in February. “They are selling this stuff to kids, and they’re selling it as if it’s synthetic marijuana.

"Kids think it must be OK for them to use because it’s legal. Actually, it’s way worse than real marijuana. It has absolutely dangerous characteristics.”

mary.sell@TimesDaily.com. Twitter @DD_MarySell.

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(2) comments

Gary Wellington

The simple takeaway here is that supplements such as magnesium malate and adequate dietary magnesium intake may likely help magnify the effects of Kratom. This may allow for a lower minimal effective dose, thus lessening the chances of developing a dependency. The most common side effect of taking too much magnesium is simply loose stools and diarrhea—and both dissipate quickly upon cessation. One very intriguing consideration is that the anti-diarrheal effects of Kratom might actually increase tolerable doses of magnesium—or at least mitigate the symptoms.For more information: goldenKratom

Angela Macknize

 Kratom is a dietary ingredient according to the FDA. People who market it need to follow the guidelines set forth by the DSHEA act. With proper testing and standards put in place I see no problems with kratom. Companys who follow cGMP manufacturing guidelines will be required to test each batch for a multiple of contaminates. Kratom is going through the process which dietary ingredients not used in the USA prior to October 1994 must go through. Once companies follow these guidelines kratom offers a safe herbal alternative for tens of thousands of users. For more information: Kratom

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