Undercover buy prompts end to sale of “Kratom” in Saranac Lake – North Country Public Radio

New York’s Attorney General says he’s won a temporary restraining order to force a shop in Saranac Lake to stop selling a type of herbal concoction called “kratom.”

In a press release issued yesterday, Erich Schneiderman singled out The Grateful Toad, a shop on the village’s main street, after an undercover agent purchased the substance this winter.

Kratom is legal in New York, but  Schneiderman says the material wasn’t properly labeled. 

In an interview with the Plattsburgh Press Republican, shop owns Jason Ashley described Kratom as a “natural plant product,” but he said he plans to stop selling the substance.

“I’ve had nothing but headaches with this,” Ashley told the newspaper.

According to Schneiderman’s office, the Food and Drug Administration has listed Kratom as a “drug of concern and warned of side-effects that include aggression, hallucinations and tremors.