Thailand Legalizes Plants Similar to Opium, Online Directly Sold out


 Thailand has just legalized kratom, an opium-like herbal plant that allows users to get a light 'high'. This item is selling well in the online market.

In late August, Thailand decriminalized kratom, a coffee-like plant native to Southeast Asia. Within hours of the regulation being passed, Sittichai Komam, a businessman who didn't want to waste time, started marketing it on Facebook. He sells freshly picked kratom leaves, sourced from his neighborhood in southern Thailand to local consumers.


In the United States, the legalization of this matter is still controversial. Proponents of the legalization say it is an alternative to opium but critics say it is a dangerous drug.



Kratom itself is the latest herb that has been authorized by the Thai government to be produced. While manufacturers can only sell domestically for now, Thailand has plans to allow exports, potentially allowing local dealers to become suppliers to the US.


"Many older villagers raise kratom trees to harvest and eat their leaves. After it became legal, I started collecting and buying leaves to help them earn extra income," said Sittichai.



Sittichai did not expect that for the Thai market alone he had received more orders than the villagers could harvest.


However, Thai consumers have many choices on social media platforms like Facebook. At e-commerce outlets such as Shopee, which is supported by Sea Ltd., there are hundreds of new posts offering piles of fresh leaves for around 100 baht  per 100 grams.


Thailand removed kratom from the narcotics list on August 24 and on September 8 lawmakers passed a bill to allow the import and export of kratom. The move follows an easing of laws against marijuana and hemp. This was reported by Bloomberg, Tuesday (14/9/2021).

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