Thai government to delist Kratom from country’s narcotics law and release thousands of Kratom-related prisoners

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Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa), Southeast Asia’s natural evergreen plant, can now be cultivated legally and sold commercially in Thailand, Government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said today, August 19th.

Additionally, a total of 1,038 inmates for criminal offenses related to Kratom plants will be released, following the legislation of the country’s amended narcotics law that delisted Kratom from Category 5 of the narcotics law.

However, the spokesperson stated, mixing the leaves with other addictive substances, such as cough syrup to produce a “4 x 100” illegal drug, remains strongly prohibited. The import and export of Kratom leaves or related products require a license.

The declassified bill release will be put into effect on August 24th, Anucha added.

The plant was traditionally and locally used as a common medicine in the past. Similar to those with morphine, its stimulant properties can also be used as a recreational drug and can be addictive, resulting in the plant to have been illegal for many years in Thailand.

According to a study from the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), the government would save about 1.69 billion baht a year from the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of alleged offenders after decriminalizing Kratom.

The study also reported that the average cost of the legal process for each Kratom-related case is at about 76,612 baht and there were 22,076 cases filed from January 2020 to June 2021.

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.