Texas Considers Laws to Regulate Kratom, Drive Away ‘Charlatans’

Texas lawmakers are looking to regulate kratom this legislative session. Bills filed in both the House and Senate, if enacted, would impose age restrictions for kratom purchases, and require proper labeling,  instructions and recommended doses for products.

Kratom is a South Asian plant that can produce opioid- and stimulant-like effects. Users say the product can provide energy, soothe anxiety and depression, and help with drug addiction.

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a Laredo Democrat; Rep. Angelia Orr, a Freestone County Republican; and Rep. J.M. Lozano, a Kingsville Republican, filed identical bills in the House and Senate to get all of this done.

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