Thailand General Legal kratom edges closer

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Officials are cutting kratom trees in Kapong district of Phangnga in March. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)

Officials are cutting kratom trees in Kapong district of Phangnga in March. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)

Proposed legislation that would remove kratom from the list of narcotics has taken a step closer to being tabled before parliament, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) said on Tuesday.

The Council of State, the government’s legal arm, finished examining the amendment to the Narcotics Act last Wednesday, and will send back to the cabinet for endorsement before it is forwarded to parliament, ONCB secretary-general, Niyom Termsrisuk, said.

The cabinet approved in principle to remove kratom from the drugs list in March.

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