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Justice ministry removes Kratom from drug list

  1. Rob Cypher
    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.

    Thai PBS
    October 2, 2013



  1. Rob Cypher
    BANGKOK, 3 October 2013 (NNT) - The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) reaffirms that the planned removal of Kratom leaves from class 5 narcotics list will not affect its drug eradication efforts.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice is preparing to forward its suggestion to legalize use of Kratom to the Ministry of Public Health.

    Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri explained his ministry's stance on Kratom, saying that the leaf is part of several local lifestyles. Kratom can be used as stimulants or processed into traditional medicines, as it possesses several scientific and medical ingredients.

    Nonetheless, due to its effects on human neural system, Kratom leaves still have to be controlled, stated the Justice Minister. The Ministry’s stance on Kratom together with supporting reasons and some control measures on the herb will soon be forwarded to the Ministry of Public Health.

    Mr. Chaikasem, however, stated that the efforts to remove Kratom leaves from narcotics list cannot be continued if the Public Health Ministry does not give the green light on the matter.

    National News Bureau Of Thailand
    October 3, 2014


    (thanks to Alfa for the links)
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