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Another state votes to protect kratom consumers

Posted by on Friday, June 7th, 2019 @ 3:04 pm.

From the American Kratom Association's newsletter


NEVADA - Nevada joined the chorus of Utah, Georgia, and Arizona in enacting laws that protect consumers from dangerously adulterated kratom products and sets the stage for more states to join in this important effort.

It is noteworthy that this important win in Nevada would not have been possible without the assistance of Kelly Dunn and his team at Urban Ice Organics, a Nevada-based kratom company. Kelly stepped up to cover the costs of the lobbyist, and then attended every legislative hearing to emphasize the Nevada connection and tell their story on how committed they are to adhering to GMP standards to protect consumers. This is the perfect model for other states where AKA and vendors in that state partner up to deliver another win. 

LOUISIANA UPDATE:  Rep. Christopher Turner’s willingness to amend his original bill to ban kratom so that any ban would occur only on a future date when and if the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) publishes a final notice of scheduling on kratom at the federal level has now passed both Houses and awaits the signature of the governor.  This is an outstanding outcome given the limitations on the way legislation is heard in Louisiana during fiscal sessions.

The AKA thanks Rep. Turner for his willingness to listen and allow the facts to be heard. The Louisiana Department of Health remains solidly in the FDA anti-kratom position and that continues to be a problem for the kratom community.
Representative Turner has agreed to help pass the KCAPA in Louisiana in the next legislative session and we look forward to working with him in a full legislative session that begins in January.

OHIO UPDATE:  The Ohio Board of Pharmacy proposed kratom ban was not opposed by the Common Sense Initiative Committee, so the ban proposal now moves to a Legislative Review Committee for consideration.  AKA has scheduled additional meetings with key Ohio legislators encouraging them to file and support the KCPA. 

AKA is very optimistic that we will have a sponsor in the Ohio House of Representatives who will agree to file the KCPA bill soon.  In the interim, we are awaiting word on the opportunity for public comments on this regulatory process in Ohio, particularly with legislators who serve on the Review Committee. Most important, we look forward to having a member of the Legislature file the KCPA to provide real protections for kratom consumers.

PENNSYLVANIA UPDATE:  Representative Scott Conklin met with Representative Vernon Jones (D-GA) and me in his office in the Pennsylvania State Capitol this week. Rep. Conklin is clearly very interested in hearing the science on kratom and listening to how to best protect kratom consumers from dangerously adulterated kratom products. He has promised to review the KCPA model as an alternative to a ban on kratom. 

The report of a death with only kratom in the toxicology screen of an individual in Rep. Conklin’s district requires that AKA provide some additional assistance to work with the local District Attorney and we are very grateful for Rep. Conklin’s commitment to fairly review our proposed legislation.

MISSISSIPPI UPDATE: The anti-kratom forces are working hard in Mississippi to convince local counties to ban kratom outright.  The AKA provided a Webinar to help grassroots advocates to convince local officials that kratom should not be banned, and the AKA is working hard to stem the tide of these unfair bans.

All Mississippi kratom advocates should review the AKA Advocates Webinar and download the Toolkit to convince local officials that kratom should remain legal.


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