Bill regulating kratom sales in Oregon heads to governor’s desk

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.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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