by Brian Mullahy
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The FDA is no fan of it, some states have banned it, but a proposed bill at the State Capitol would keep kratom legal in Utah.
The substance from a plant that grows in Southeast Asia, is sold in pill, powder, and in as an extract at Jennie’s Smoke Shop in downtown Salt Lake
Rick Beckstrand, with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, said the agency tracked salmonella linked to kratom products last year, has no actions against companies now, but is still “concerned” about Kratom because it does not know how the substance is being processed in Asia.
“I view this kind of in the same vein as medical marijuana,” said Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, who will sponsor the bill to keep kratom legal here in its “pure” form, but illegal in an “adulterated” form with other additives. “I’ve had people tell me kratom is an alternative for addictive opiates, and that’s what convinced me.”
Haddow insisted pure kratom is safe, and only becomes dangerous when it’s mixed with other substances such as fentanyl, morphine and heroin.
But on its website, the Mayo Clinic reported kratom has “known side effects,” including weight loss, vomiting, muscle pain, dizziness, seizures, depression and delusion.
The proposed bill has a title, but its text is not yet available.