Kratom Regulations Bill Heads To Florida House Floor

Members of the House Commerce Committee voted unanimously HB 179

Most states regulate kratom. Six prohibit it. Sarasota is the only Florida county to ban the substance outright.

A bill to regulate the sale of kratom, a consumable plant that affects some of the same brain receptors as morphine, is heading to a full vote by the House.

Members of the House Commerce Committee voted unanimously for a measure (HB 179) to ban the sale of kratom to people under 21.

The bill, titled the “Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act,” would also define the substance for the first time in Florida law and authorize the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to test and verify the purity of kratom products.

Businesses caught selling the product to people younger than 21 would face a $100 fine for the first violation, $500 for the second and up to $1,000 for each offense after.

The bill’s sponsor, Pensacola Republican Rep. Alex Andrade, presented his bill to the panel but provided no comment beyond explaining its intent.

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