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Monument puts business license moratorium on herbal drug kratom

Users say kratom is not addictive and helps with a variety of issues, from back pain to opioid addiction

MONUMENT, Colo. — Monument has joined Castle Rock and Denver in putting restrictions on a legal herbal drug known as kratom.

The town’s board of trustees put a six-month moratorium on giving new business licenses to anyone selling it.

The police chief there is behind the idea and says he wants to use the six-month moratorium to speak with experts on the effects of the drug.

Users say kratom is not addictive and helps with a variety of issues, from back pain to opioid addiction.

But, The Food and Drug Administration has warned that it may be addictive. Several coroners in Colorado have linked several deaths to kratom overdoses.

RELATED | Colorado coroners link kratom to at least 23 deaths since 2016

Castle Rock also approved a similar moratorium in December. Denver banned sales in 2017.

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