Drug task force explains reason behind pulling Kratom off Talladega County shelves

ABC 33/40 has a follow-up to a story we first told you about last week. Talladega County drug agents say a sweep of products containing Kratom was a success. The agents gave store operators 24 hours to remove the herbal supplement from their shelves or face jail. This time last week, it was not hard to find these little bottles containing Kratom in Talladega County. ABC 33/40 looked for Kratom at a few stores in a half-mile area and couldn't find one. Drug agents in this county told store operators Kratom is illegal. Some law enforcement agencies say it is not true.

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The battle over Kratom in Shelby County

People went to Montgomery today to speak out about the bill to ban Kratom in Shelby County. The Shelby County Drug Free Coalition and concerned residents held a meeting before leaving for the capitol. There, they addressed the growing number of synthetic marijuana and Kratom users in the county. Kratom is legal and is sold in convenience stores. The bill to block Kratom has drawn criticism from users of the product who say it’s helped thousands of people manage pain effectively. Others feel differently.

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Panel Bans Kratom On Tearful Testimony

The extract from a Southeast Asian plant is showing up in convenience stores, smoke shops and coffee bars across the state. . Members of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee were doing what lawmakers usually do when the agenda is crowded and there’s not much time. Most were reading amendments, lost in whispered conversations or staring at their smart phones.

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FDA VOWS TO CRACK DOWN ON KRATOM, SEIZES $400K SHIPMENT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is vowing to continue the fight to stop the use of the botanical kratom, a plant-based product used as a homeopathic treatment that is beginning to concern authorities and healthcare professionals in Florida.

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Talladega authorities demand removal of Kratom from stores

Agents with the Talladega County Drug Task Force have been delivering notices to nearly 100 retailers that carry products containing a substance called Kratom, asking that these businesses voluntarily pull the products from their shelves within 24 hours. The notice warns that failure to do so will result in the seizure of these items and/or arrest and prosecution of managers and/or owners under Alabama Criminal Code 13A-12-211 and/or 13A-12-211.

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