Livingston Parish proposal to ban kratom, a controversial herbal extract, fails to progress

A Livingston Parish Council proposal to ban the sale of kratom, an herbal extract that has prompted heated debate in the community about whether it is a danger to constituents, did not make it out of committee for a formal introduction Thursday night.

A motion made by Council member Shane Mack, who proposed the ordinance, to introduce the law for a public hearing and eventual vote in two weeks was not seconded, halting efforts by some local officials to prohibit the product’s proliferation in the parish.

“The future plan is to continue researching,” Mack said after the ordinance introduction failed. “And [continue] the discussion on whether the sale of kratom should be banned or regulated in Livingston Parish. I would like to learn more about the benefits and hazards of selling kratom in Livingston Parish.”

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