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Commissioners postpone move to ban kratom in St. Johns County

FDA has issued warning regarding drug's opioid-like properties

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Commissioners in St. Johns County voted unanimously to postpone any legislative action against a localized ban of a substance that the DEA has classified as a "drug of concern."

According to a report by the St. Augustine Record, 19 speakers during a Tuesday night commission meeting defended their right to use kratom, speaking about the health benefits they'd recieved while battling fibromyalgia and anxiety. Commissioners agreed to table any action until at least May, after the Legislative session.

ORIGINAL STORY: Could drug with opioid-like properties be banned in St. Johns County?

The FDA has warned people against using kratom, saying it has properties similar to those of opioids. It's legal in the U.S. aside from Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

There are no restrictions on kratom in Florida, expect in Sarasota County, where it's banned.

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