POLITICS 11/28/2018 05:59 pm ET A recent string of raids on Ohio kratom stores comes as the state weighs a ban on the botanical substance. By Nick Wing Police in Ohio last week conducted a series of pre-Thanksgiving raids on stores selling kratom, sparking speculation that authorities could be preparing to mount a broader crackdown on a controversial herb that state officials recently said they intend to ban. But representatives of the Ohio agency that oversaw the sweep recently told HuffPost that it was not a sign of bigger things to come. The operation was instead an isolated move against specific kratom retailers that were breaking state law, they said. They also claimed that other sellers could avoid similar trouble by implementing business practices that would bring them into compliance ― at least in the agency’s eyes. Kratom is derived from the dried leaves of a Southeast Asian tree in the coffee family. Often sold as a powder that can be packed … [Read more...] about Is Ohio Cracking Down On Kratom? Here’s What We Know So Far.
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POLITICS 10/11/2018 05:45 am ET State officials have linked the herbal supplement to six deaths and claim most users are injecting it. A leading kratom scientist calls "B.S." By Nick Wing The Ohio Board of Pharmacy voted earlier this month to classify the popular herbal supplement kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance alongside drugs like heroin and other more deadly synthetic opioids. To justify the decision, officials have pointed to reports claiming many users in the state are now injecting kratom, a botanical substance that they allege has also killed a number of people in Ohio in recent years. Scientists and kratom advocates are now challenging those claims, calling them misleading and even nonsensical. Kratom is an herbal drug derived from the dried leaves of a Southeast Asian tree in the coffee family. Six states and a number of cities have already banned kratom, citing concerns over the opioid-like effects associated with its two primary active alkaloids, … [Read more...] about Ohio Pushes Kratom Ban With Disputed Claims About Deaths, Use Trends
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate is on track for a vote to legalize the crop that comes from the same plant that produces marijuana. The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to consider the farm bill Wednesday. It will include a provision to remove hemp from a list of Schedule I controlled substances, making it legal for farmers to grow and sell it. Although far from becoming law, it's noted progress for an idea that has faced staunch opposition among conservative lawmakers. McConnell says he has "won the argument" that hemp is not about marijuana. Now, he just needs it to become law, adding he is in a "well-situated" position to make that happen. … [Read more...] about Sen. Mitch McConnell Pushes Hemp Legalization in Farm Bill
By Sophie Quinton, Tribune News Service Published 1:33 pm, Friday, June 1, 2018 Photo: Ryan Kang /Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this Sept. 28, 2015, photo, Shane Cavanaugh, owner of Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., arranges the cannabis display in his store. Faced with a backlog of applications for recreational marijuana licenses, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it will set aside any applications received after June 15, 2018, until the pileup is cleared. less In this Sept. 28, 2015, photo, Shane Cavanaugh, owner of Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., arranges the cannabis display in his store. Faced with a backlog of applications for recreational ... more Photo: Ryan Kang /Associated Press Make money from pot? Then forget about a federally subsidized loan … [Read more...] about Make money from pot? Then forget about a federally subsidized loan
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee House this evening approved two bills key to Gov. Bill Haslam's "TN Together" initiative that seeks to combat the state's opioid crisis. One bill, a compromise between the administration and physicians, places new limits on narcotic painkiller prescriptions to many first-time patients in an effort to prevent the "opioid naive" from becoming addicted. It would not affect patients already using opioids and also allows new patients in end-of-life care and some chronic conditions access to the drugs. The bill passed on an 88-7 vote. Senators have yet to act on the legislation. The second bill, approved 95-1, revises various provisions of law regarding the scheduling of controlled substances and their analogues and derivatives. A major provision is aimed at state inmates who are addicted to opioids, authorizing sentence reduction credits for those who successfully complete intensive substance use disorder treatment program. The overall program calls for … [Read more...] about Tennessee House approves two bills supporting Haslam’s opioid crisis initiative