FDA HEALTH ADVISORY
On November 14, 2017, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottleib issued a Health Advisory which included a great deal of misinformation and labeled kratom a threat to public health. In the days following the Health Advisory, the media launched a propaganda attack on kratom reiterating many of the lies found in the Advisory. The advisory also stated the FDA plans to step up efforts to seize kratom coming into the U.S.
For more info, see our 10-page report: Kratom Under Attack: the FDA Strikes Again
In response to the Health Advisory, the American Kratom Association issued a Call to Action encouraging the kratom community to contact the FDA.
Earlier this Summer, Senators Chuck Grassley and Diane Feinstein introduced S. 1327, the Stop the Importation of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017 (SITSA). A companion bill was introduced in the House H.R. 2851 by Representative John Katco of New York.
SITSA aims to create a new DEA drug classification, Schedule A, which would grant the Attorney General the authority to ban for five years any "analogue" of an opioid that controls pain or provides an increase in energy. It is feared that this legislation could be used to classify kratom as Schedule A.
The American Kratom Association issued a call to action urging kratom supporters to call the Senators and Congressman's office and ask their staff to exclude natural botanicals like kratom from the SITSA Act. There is also a petition you can sign.
ILLINOIS EFFORT TO BAN KRATOM
If you are an Illinois resident please write, email or call. We will announce if/when we need out of state residents to get involved.
250-W Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
A sample of what to write or say can be found HERE
REVERSE THE BAN IN YOUR STATE
If you live in one of the states that have banned kratom, join one of the following Facebook groups and get involved in efforts to reverse the prohibition of kratom.
Rhode Island - https://www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandAKAforKratom/
Wisconsin - https://www.facebook.com/WisconsonAKAforKratom/
Proposed legislation in Utah would keep kratom legal, despite ongoing efforts by the FDA to stymie use of the plant. KUTV reports Republican Utah Senator Curt Bramble is sponsoring the bill which would keep pure kratom legal, while criminalizing kratom mixed with other additives. The language for the legislation was given to Bramble by Mac Haddow, […]
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