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Kratom is Now a Controlled Substance for Persons Under 18 Years

Posted by Sean A. Black | Jun 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you have stopped in a convenience store in the last year or so, you may have seen a substance called Kratom for sale.  It has been marketed as a kind of natural pain killer.  In parts of the world, the leaves of the plant are chewed for that purpose.  

From a technical standpoint, kratom refers to the plant known as Mitragyna speciosa.  It is native to southeast Asia.  It contains the alkaloid mitragynine.  

It will be a misdemeanor for  a person under 18 years to possess Kratom.  It will also be a misdemeanor for a person to sell or transfer possession of kratom to a person younger than 18.  

Kratom sold in the state of Georgia must include a label that states (1) the ingredients in the package, (2) the amount of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine contained in such product; (4) The amount of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine contained in the packaging for such product; (5) The common or usual name of each ingredient used in the manufacture of such product, listed in descending order of predominance; (6) The name and the principal mailing address of the manufacturer or the person responsible for distributing such product; (7) Clear and adequate directions for the consumption and safe and effective use of such product; and (8) Any precautionary statements as to the safety and effectiveness of such product.

Basically, this places Kratom on par with cigarettes in terms of legality of minors possessing it.  In addition, it would be an offense for someone to give a minor the product.

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Sean A. Black

Sean A. Black is a 1992 graduate of the Emory University School of Law. He has been in private practice in Toccoa, Georgia since June 1, 1992.

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