Lowndes County officials to decide on Kratom ban

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 15, to discuss a ban on the public sale of Kratom.

Posted: Mar 11, 2019 7:59 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2019 9:17 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 15, to discuss a ban on the public sale of Kratom.

The drug was banned in Caledonia last Tuesday and banned in Columbus in February.

Both municipalities passed a similar ordinance that bans the public sale of the drug within city limits.

Board President Harry Sanders said the public hearing follows the board's previous meeting where law enforcement officials and a doctor spoke about Kratom's negative effects.

He said one side claims the drug is a good pain reliever and energy supplement, but the other side claims it is highly addictive and can lead someone to overdose.

Sanders said Kratom comes in a small bottle and sells for about $5 at convenience stores.

"Personally, I think that maybe Tylenol or aspirin or Advil or ibuprofen and other over-the-counter drugs and pain medication can probably help these people rather than Kratom."

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