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Kratom removed from illegal drugs list

THAILAND: The Kratom plant has been removed from a list of narcotics listed under the amended Narcotics Act.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 28 May 2021, 10:37AM


The amendment will take effect on Aug 24. Photo: Bangkok Post.

The amendment will take effect on Aug 24. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin said the Act has been modified and the new version was published in the Royal Gazette on Wednesday (May 26) to annul the plant’s narcotics status.

The amendment will take effect on Aug 24, Mr Somsak said.

He thanked the organisations involved in pushing for the plant’s removal from the list, noting Kratom is a part of local people’s lifestyle.

However, cultivation of the plant will still be restricted until a new law to regulate kratom plantations is enacted, the justice minister said.

He said this legislation, also known as the Kratom Law, will detail how the plant is allowed to be used.

It has currently been approved by the Council of State, and the Justice Ministry will forward a proposal to the cabinet.

The ministry has worked with the Food and Drug Administration on an announcement declaring the legality of kratom.

Regarding ongoing criminal cases, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) has been ordered to identify cases that have not been finalised.

It is expected to drop pending cases after the law comes into effect.

Kratom is typically used in traditional medicine.

However, the plant is known to have stimulating effects on the mind, which makes it a popular recreational drug - one of the reasons why it was classified as a narcotic for many years.

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CaptainJack69 | 28 May 2021 - 12:55:26

Ehh, the law may have been stupid but it was still the law. People who broke it should still face the consequences. Glad this tea leaf has finally been de-criminalized though. It really was a stupid law.

Kurt | 28 May 2021 - 10:55:03

So, tackle that 3 months waiting time, and release all arrested people who were 'kratom involved' now. Few good reasons for that. It gives 'occupation air' in overgrowded prisons, and reduce prison spiking Covid-19 infections.

 

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