‘Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act’ signed into law

Beginning next month, kratom sales to anyone under 21 will be illegal in Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has authorized Florida’s first strictures on the sale of kratom, a consumable relative of the coffee plant native to Southeast Asia that for centuries has been used as a euphoric pain reliever.

The legislation (HB 179), dubbed the “Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act,” bans the sale of the substance to people younger than 21. It also defines “kratom products” in state statues.

Beginning July 1, anyone who sells kratom products to customers under 21 will face a second-degree misdemeanor charge, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.

DeSantis signed the measure Friday, roughly a month after both chambers of the Legislature approved the measure from Pensacola Republican Rep. Alex Andrade.

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