Biography/Memoir

Denver slapped for trying to destroy kratom from store targeted under ban

In the end, the board members weren’t persuaded that the kratom deserved immediate destruction.

The [plant] material — was seized, and heath department personnel wanted to pour bleach over it, rendering it useless. But [the business] management refused to go along with this plan, prompting the DEH crew to issue a cease-and-desist order in regard to sales that mandated the kratom’s destruction within two days. Gross managed to put a hold on this dictate by filing an appeal with the board, and while he was originally told he would only have fifteen minutes to make a presentation on February 8 about why he felt what happened constituted an unfair governmental overreach, he wound up with around an hour to state his case — a substantial increase over the initial pledge, yet less than the estimated eighty minutes the city was given. Division director Danika Lee was among those who testified on behalf of Denver, and Gross says four city attorneys — two advising the board, another two representing the department — were on hand … In the end, the boardmembers weren’t persuaded that the kratom deserved immediate destruction.

Original Article (Westword):
Denver slapped for trying to destroy kratom from store targeted under ban
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