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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Parker Bans the Sale of Kratom

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On October 7, 2019, The Parker Town Council passed an ordinance banning the sale of Kratom in the Town of Parker. To avoid penalties, all businesses must stop selling all Kratom products. The penalty for violating Ordinance 5.83 can be up to $500 per violation.

Below is a link to the letter from the Tri-County Health Department to the Mayor and Town Councilmembers that includes that following message, “Our stance on kratom use aligns with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a precautionary measure, TCHD strongly recommends that the Town of Parker proactively ban any sale of kratom in its jurisdiction.”

Kratom is a tree that grows naturally in Thailand, Malasia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Its leaves have traditionally been used as medicine, but now they’re also being used as a recreational drug according to Web MD. 

The Mayo Clinic stated that, “although people who take kratom believe in its value, researchers who have studied kratom think its side effects and safety problems more than offset any potential benefits. Poison control centers in the United States received about 1,800 reports involving use of kratom from 2011 through 2017, including reports of death. About half of these exposures resulted in serious negative outcomes such as seizures and high blood pressure. Five of the seven infants who were reported to have been exposed to kratom went through withdrawal.”

Community Services Manager Mazzeo will be speaking to Parker businesses that may sell Kratom to educate them about the new Town Ordinance before enforcement action is taken.

Section 6.07.010 Sales of Kratom Prohibited

No person shall sell or offer to sell at retail within the Town any kratom products intended for human consumption. For purposes of this section, kratom includes any product, material, compound, mixture or preparation derived from the plant Mitragyna speciosa, or containing any quantity of the following substances: 7-Hydroxymitragynine, Mitragynine and Epicatechin.

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