Oxford Stores Given 48 Hours to Comply with Kratom Ban

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

Local stores selling synthetic Kratom products will have two days to get the products off the shelves.

According to Oxford Police Interim Chief Jeff McCutchen, Code Enforcement Officers are going to each business that sells Kratom products and informing them of the new ordinance passed Tuesday by the Oxford Board of Aldermen banning the sale of Kratom in Oxford.

“Sales have to stop immediately but we will give them 48 hours to remove their inventory of Kratom,” McCutchen said Thursday.

McCutchen told the Board Tuesday that the problem with the unregulated synthetic products is that there is no true way to know what it is actually in the product and how much Kratom the product contains.

Kratom is currently not approved by the FDA; however, there are studies being done on using the plant as a medical treatment to control withdrawal symptoms and cravings caused by addiction to opioids or to other addictive substances such as alcohol.

The Mitragyna Speciosa tree, where Kratom comes from, has been used in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years to relieve pain. The leaves are often chewed or crushed and brewed as a tea. However, now synthetic versions in the form of pills, tablet, liquids and gum are being sold online and at gas stations, tobacco stores and other businesses.

Two compounds in Kratom interact with opioid receptors in the brain, producing sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain, especially when users consume large amounts of the plant. When Kratom is taken in small amounts, users report increased energy, sociability, and alertness instead of sedation.

While Kratom products are being packed up, CBD products can be found in abundance in Oxford, with several stores specializing in the sale of CBD products have opened in recent months.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of the hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

In 2014, Mississippi passed HB 1231, which creates an affirmative defense for the possession and use of CBD oil in very limited circumstances. Known as “Harper Grace’s Law,” the bill only provides legal protection to patients diagnosed with a debilitating epileptic condition, and only if the CBD oil was either obtained from or tested by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi and dispensed by the Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

However, people with conditions other than a debilitating epileptic condition are not entitled to any legal protections, nor are there any legal consequences for the possession and use of CBD products, which means while the state hasn’t said CBD products can be legally sold, it also hasn’t said they can’t be sold.

Tony Barragon opened Hemp Ville CBD in Oxford earlier this year. He said he agrees with the city’s stance on Kratom.

“Kratom can be very beneficial if used properly,” he said. “Unfortunately people have found a different use for it that I do not like. It has become a substitute for people who are addicted to opiates and heroin. I’ve heard it gives just about the same high. There is a good profit margin on Kratom but the effect it has on people is just not something that Hemp Ville CBD stands for.”


  1. This article is unclear. Why are the police involved? Oh yeah, I forgot. They need to do something while they are on duty when they are not having affairs.

  2. That really sad. That plant is helping a lot of people stay off of opiates. It’s helped me immensely. I haven’t touched opiates (legal and illegal) in years thanks to that plant. It’s helped me put my life back together. It’s I can’t imagine my state banning it. It doesn’t even come close to being as damaging as alcohol or tobacco. It’s sad that a leaf is being banned anywhere though.

  3. Kratom is nowhere near as strong as heroin and pain pills. It would be like comparing coffee to methamphetamines. Too much heroin will kill you. Too much kratom will make you feel sick to your stomach. There’s no added benefit to taking more.

  4. Pure Kratom is totally fine. Its SAVING LIVES!! Reporters need to report fair about Kratom!! Its getting approved in many states with more following. Go to the American Kratom Association and read the truth! Adulterated kratom products are what’s giving the kratom plant a bad name! It’s perfectly fine in its natural pure state. I’ve NEVER had a high or a problem with Kratom. Over 16 million people are taking kratom. Follow the science, go to The American Kratom Association for the truth. Stop reading the lies!!

  5. Mr. Barragon really needs to get his facts straight and not rely on just what he hears. Plain leaf Kratom does not impair you. It’s not a recreational drug that you get high on. Anyone that’s getting that sort of effect is using an adulterated product. Just like CBD, Kratom needs to be regulated for consumer safety. But an outright ban is not only not warranted, it will do great harm by forcing people to seek out black market drugs. Not long ago, the FDA was claiming that people would get high off on CBD. It’s been maligned by unscrupulous vendors too. You would think that Mr Barragon would understand what can happen with a misunderstood product that people just need to be educated about so that they can realize it’s potential to alleviate suffering. As a chronic pain patient, I’ve been able to eliminate 3 three prescription drugs (two of which were opiates) thanks to Kratom and CBD. #WeAreKratom



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