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Town Council adopted the ordinance on an emergency basis to provide a temporary suspension on potential new kratom businesses. Typically, an ordinance would be considered by Town Council twice – first and second reading. There were concerns that potential kratom businesses would submit applications before the Town’s survey process was complete. In order to minimize the impact to businesses, this ordinance was finalized more quickly.
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Kratom is an unregulated herbal substance found in the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree. The leaves can be made into a tea, chewed or made into a capsule. The active ingredients in kratom have effects similar to an amphetamine, pain reliever or stimulant.
No, this ordinance does not make kratom illegal. The Town is not looking at criminalizing kratom conduct, and this ordinance does not impact the sale, consumption or possession of kratom.