The Justice Ministry today agreed to remove “Kratom” from the narcotic drug list but will continue penalizing those who processed the leave for narcotic drug use.
Decision to delist Kratom, a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family and traditionally chewed by locals in southern Thailand, was reached at the meeting chaired by Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri.
He said Kratom is a drug under Category 5 of the Narcotic Drug Law 1979.
After the deliberating, the meeting agreed that it be removed as it is consumed by locals to stimulate working and is no harm to health.
But he said that for those who turn it into a mixture to produce drug, tough legal action would be continued against such violation.
But Office of the Narcotics Control Board Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen said he would wrap up all conclusion at today’s meeting and submitted to the Public Health Ministry’s narcotic drug committee which has final say on the matter.
He noted that delisting Kratom from the narcotic drug list would have no impact on ONCB’s effort to resolve drug problem in Thailand.
Instead, he said, he was proposing to increase penalty for those extracting mitragynine substance from Kratom leaves to produce the so-called 4×100 stimulant drug.
October 2, 2013
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