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Kratom vendors making profits during COVID-19

Kratom vendors making profits during COVID-19

HAT YAI: Since it was removed from the list of illegal drugs Kratom has emerged as a newly trending economic crop. Members of the public can now grow, possess, trade, and consume at will. People in many areas currently earn useful income selling Kratom, at a time of widespread unemployment due to COVID-19.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Monday 13 September 2021, 10:10AM

Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

Residents of the Hat Yai district of Songkhla are looking for fresh Kratom leaves to consume and sell. Some vendors boil the leaves and make Kratom herbal drinks to sell by the bottle, both at stores and online. Most of the sellers say they were unemployed due to the impact of COVID-19 and by selling Kratom, they now have a job. According to the sellers, 1kg of Kratom leaves can bring a profit of B100-200.

However, they tend to agree that there should be an authority to control the trade in Kratom as there are concerns about the price as more people are now selling the crop.

At the same time in Bangkok, it was reported that some shops in Din Daeng market that now specialise in selling Kratom leaves are being overwhelmed by customers every day.

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One of the sellers said only some customers buy Kratom leaves to resell, while most of them buy the leaves for their own consumption as the leaves have medicinal properties.

In addition, the majority of Kratom leaves are from the southern region where almost every province grows the plant. Besides being available at storefronts, people can also lookup social media platforms and online stores for Kratom products.

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JohnC | 15 September 2021 - 09:29:25

 Good on them for making a living. Now if the government would wake up to reality and do the same for marijuana there would be many more people making money and more taxes for the government coffers. You recognise medicinal marijuana and the many benefits it has, not to mention all the things that can be made from hemp. Humans have only been using ot for 1000 years or so.


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