ASCENSION PARISH – The Gonzales Council on Monday is expected to consider an amendment to the Code of Ordinances that would prohibit the sale of kratom within the city.
If approved, the measure would subject anyone in violation to a fine of up to $500 and a jail term of up to 60 days.
The proposed amendment identifies the “use of Mitragyna Speciosa Korth (Kratom)… a serious problem affecting the health and welfare of all citizens” and seeks to take “all reasonable steps” to prohibit its sale.
Numerous parish and municipal governments have taken up similar proposals in recent months, though a move to ban kratom sales in nearby Livingston Parish failed in February.
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