Bill Text: TX HB1097 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to the processing and sale of kratom and kratom products; providing civil penalties; creating a criminal offense.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-05-14 - Referred to Health & Human Services [HB1097 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB1097-Introduced.html
  87R3336 KKR-F
 
  By: Lozano H.B. No. 1097
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the processing and sale of kratom and kratom products;
  providing civil penalties.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  This Act shall be known as the Texas Kratom
  Consumer Protection Act.
         SECTION 2.  Subtitle A, Title 6, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by adding Chapter 444 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 444.  MANUFACTURE, DISTRIBUTION, AND SALE OF
  KRATOM PRODUCTS
         Sec. 444.001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
               (1)  "Food" has the meaning assigned by Section
  432.003.
               (2)  "Kratom" means any part of the leaf of the plant
  Mitragyna speciosa.
               (3)  "Kratom processor" means a person who:
                     (A)  manufactures, prepares, distributes, or
  maintains kratom products for sale;
                     (B)  advertises, represents, or holds oneself out
  as a seller, preparer, or manufacturer of kratom products;
                     (C)  is responsible for ensuring the purity and
  proper labeling of kratom products; or
                     (D)  packages or labels kratom products.
               (4)  "Kratom product" means a food, including an
  extract, capsule, or pill, containing any form of kratom.
               (5)  "Kratom retailer" means a kratom processor who
  engages in selling kratom products to consumers or who advertises,
  represents, or holds oneself out as a person who sells kratom
  products to consumers.
         Sec. 444.002.  LABELING REQUIRED. (a)  A kratom processor
  shall label each kratom product with the product use directions
  necessary to ensure safe and effective use of the product by a
  consumer, including the recommended serving size for the product.
         (b)  A kratom retailer may not sell a kratom product that is
  not properly labeled under this section.
         Sec. 444.003.  ADULTERATED, CONTAMINATED, AND PROHIBITED
  PRODUCTS.  A kratom processor or kratom retailer may not prepare,
  distribute, sell, or offer to sell a kratom product that:
               (1)  is adulterated with a dangerous non-kratom
  substance affecting the quality or strength of the product to a
  degree that renders the product injurious to a consumer;
               (2)  is contaminated with a poisonous or otherwise
  deleterious non-kratom substance, including any substance
  designated as a controlled substance by Chapter 481 (Texas
  Controlled Substances Act);
               (3)  has a level of 7-hydroxymitragynine in the
  alkaloid fraction that is greater than two percent of the overall
  alkaloid composition of the product; or
               (4)  contains any synthetic alkaloids, including
  synthetic 7-hydroxymitragynine and synthetically derived compounds
  from a kratom plant.
         Sec. 444.004.  DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF KRATOM PRODUCTS TO
  MINORS PROHIBITED. A person may not distribute, sell, or expose for
  sale a kratom product to someone who is younger than 18 years of
  age.
         Sec. 444.005.  CIVIL PENALTY. (a)  A person who violates
  this chapter is subject to a civil penalty in the amount of:
               (1)  $250 for the first violation;
               (2)  $500 for the second violation; and
               (3)  $1,000 for each subsequent violation.
         (b)  Each day a violation continues or occurs is a separate
  violation for purposes of imposing a penalty under this section.
         (c)  A kratom retailer is not liable for a civil penalty
  under this section for a violation of Section 444.002 or 444.003 if
  the kratom retailer proves by a preponderance of the evidence that
  the violation was unintentional and due to the kratom retailer's
  good faith reliance on the representation of another kratom
  processor.
         (d)  The attorney general, the district or county attorney
  for the county, or the municipal attorney of the municipality in
  which the violation is alleged to have occurred may bring an action
  to recover a civil penalty under this section.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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