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DEA Banning Kratom, Herb Eyed by Suffolk Pols

Kratom, an herb Suffolk lawmakers proposed banning—sparking a local debate over whether it’s addictive or has medicinal value—will be illegal nationwide. The DEA is classifying mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, the active ingredients in Kratom, as Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, effectively making possession of the herb a crime, the agency said. Users that tout its effectiveness as an alternative painkiller, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and addiction treatment were saddened by the news.

Critics Urge Suffolk to Drop Proposed Kratom Ban

The county legislature is scheduled to vote on the bill May 10.

Suffolk Proposes Banning Kratom, an Herb That Gives a ‘Legal High’

If the bill passes, violators would face punishments of fines up to $1,000 or one year in jail. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Tuesday. New York State is considering similar legislation.