Louisiana Law Passed This Summer Could Ban Kratom

The law would ban Kratom if the DEA classifies it Schedule 1

Kratom, derived from a plant native to Southeast Asia, is currently legal in Louisiana. Kratom is a plant-based substance that can be bought as a pill, powder or extract.

Many users say it helps increase energy and alleviate pain. “It’s very energy derived, it just makes you feel good,” said Shay Johnston.

Johnston owns HighRoller Vape-n-Smoke Shop in Lake Charles. He said different strains of the plant help with different issues. However, not everyone views Kratom in such a positive light.

“I talked to a lot of people that actually had to deal with drug courts, and they were saying how addictive it was,” said State Representative Chris Turner.

Turner spearheaded a law in Louisiana that passed this summer that will make Kratom illegal in the state if the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug.

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