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Lee County supervisors discuss possible kratom ban

Lee County Board of Supervisors will soon make a decision on the use, possession, and sale of kratom in the county.

Posted: May 20, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: May 21, 2019 9:52 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Lee County Board of Supervisors will soon make a decision on the use, possession, and sale of kratom in the county.

The supervisors talked about the herbal substance from Southeast Asia.

Kratom is a tree with leaves that contain mind-altering effects.

Eddie Hawkins is a lieutenant with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. 

According to Hawkins, kratom has similar effects as opioids and stimulants.

He said there were 11 kratom-related deaths in Mississippi in 2018.

Hawkins said kratom is most commonly used as a powder but can be seen as a pill, a capsule or an extract such as tea.

At the meeting, there were people against the substance, but there were also people that think kratom is not dangerous if it is used responsibly.

According to Supervisor Tony Roper, they will likely have a decision on the potential ban of the substance in the next few weeks.

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