Broward County Commissioners decided not to ban the sales of the herbal drug Kratom, opting instead to further study use of the substance and wait until a study conducted by the University of Mississippi is complete.
Commissioners deferred an amended ordinance that would prohibit the sales, giving away, offer, advertisement for sale or public display for sale of Kratom, saying they didn’t have enough definitive information about the drug to make a policy decision that would ban the substance in Broward County.
Commissioner Kristin Jacobs brought the issue forward. “So the preponderance of evidence that’s out there, what’s happening in our community, is that Kratom is a highly addictive drug. The fact that you don’t know about it doesn’t mean that that’s not so. The fact that those that are using it will tell you that it’s not addictive and they can get off at any time, that’s the voice of addiction telling you that. This is a dangerous drug that’s finding replacement because oxycodone pill mill clinics have been shut down. We have shut down bath salts and synthetic marijuana and this is yet another example of that,” said Jacobs.