SALEM, Ore. —Oregon’s 2022 legislative session has officially wrapped up, and a heap of bills are now on Governor Brown’s desk. One includes a bill that would add regulations to kratom production and prohibits its sale to anyone under 21.
Kratom is a tree native to southeast Asia. Its leaves are crushed into a green powder and sold as pills, teas, or extracts. It creates stimulant effects in low doses, in higher doses, it has sedative effects.
Last year the legislature passed a bill banning its sale to anyone under 21, but the governor vetoed it. This new bill reportedly addressed Governor Brown’s concerns.