Commissioners postpone move to ban kratom in St. Johns County

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

By Allyson Henning - Reporter, Nick Jones - Digital producer
Getty Images

In this photo illustration, capsules of the herbal supplement Kratom are seen on May 10, 2016 in Miami, Florida. The herbal supplement is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant and it's been reported that people are…

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.

Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.