Sen. Tommy Tucker, R-Union, holds up a hand-painted sign found on a roadside in Union County that advertises kratom for sale. Lawmakers are debating whether to add kratom to North Carolina's list of controlled substances.

Sen. Tommy Tucker, R-Union, holds up a hand-painted sign found on a roadside in Union County that advertises kratom for sale. Lawmakers are debating whether to add kratom to North Carolina's list of controlled substances.