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.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning 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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