Anytime you hear about Kratom, the topic of banning tends to follow. Many people already live in an area where Kratom is banned. Others live in a perpetual fear that a Kratom ban will hit their area. Seems like these days, the words “Kratom” and “ban” go together a lot more than they should. There is so much we are still learning about this amazing plant that there are currently two schools of thought:
- Ban it until we know more
- Keep it legal until it is proven to be harmful
This is the gist of a very passionate, personal, and political debate raging through the Kratom community all the way to the government. At Karmaganics, we are obviously Kratom advocates that support all of our fellow Kratom warriors in the fight to keep Kratom legal as well as help it regain legal status where it currently is banned. This article will go into detail about who wants to ban Kratom, where Kratom is banned as of this post, and what actions you can take to help fight the good fight.
Who Wants To Ban Kratom?
The Food and Drug Administration has been on a war path to ban Kratom since 2016. They have been making full scale efforts to make Kratom a Schedule 1 Drug, which puts it in the same legal company as heroin. Many of us can argue that such a classification borders on ridiculous. However, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has been hellbent on doing what he can to push for this ban. Fortunately, he has been met with tremendous opposition from the Kratom community around the country which has delayed many of his efforts.
In other good news, Gottlieb recently announced that he will be stepping down as Commissioner of the FDA in April 2019! This has sent a ripple of applause and relief through the Kratom community. However, it remains to be seen who will replace him and whether his replacement will hold the same position on Kratom.
Gottlieb launched a very savvy online anti-Kratom campaign designed to instill fear about Kratom. As a result, a lot of misinformation and lies continue to be spread. But as of now, the news of his resignation comes as a huge sigh of relief for Kratom warriors all over the country.
Where is Kratom Currently Banned?
Unfortunately there are areas where Kratom is considered a Schedule 1 Drug. Some are entire states while others are just a few cities within a state. The list is constantly being updated, but as of this writing, the following areas have a Kratom ban: Sarasota, Vermont, Wisconsin, San Diego, Oceanside, Indiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Jersey County Illinois, Union County Mississippi, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Denver Colorado.
Lately, Ohio has been the latest state to try to ban Kratom. As recently as early March 2019, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy decided to move forward on a proposal to make Kratom a Schedule 1 Drug. It still needs to meet approval by two more government bodies in order for a ban to be put in effect. The news may seem bleak, but war is not yet over in Ohio. The American Kratom Association and all Kratom advocates still have a chance to make our voices heard.
Speaking of the American Kratom Association, they have recently unveiled what they are calling the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. This legislative effort is designed to protect our rights to access Kratom, while banning adulterated Kratom products. Anything that changes the potency or chemical make up of the mitragyna speciosa would be considered adulterated. The AKA’s Act is a fantastic, proactive step to keep Kratom accessible. So far, Utah has been the first state to vote in favor of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. Next, it moves to the Senate floor for further approval. Efforts are currently underway in Georgia and various other states to keep Kratom legal.
What Actions Can I Take?
The Kratom community is not one to sit idly by in the face of conflict! We have become a very vocal community which is a necessity for its survival. So, what can you do to help win the fight? The first step would be to donate to the American Kratom Association. They are our best chance and really our only major body of advocates. Every dollar that goes to them helps in the fight to stand up to the government and fight for our rights.
Another positive action you can take is simply to talk about Kratom to anyone who will listen! Encourage your friends and family to follow the science and educate as many people as you can.
Lastly, when there are any town halls or public hearings that can affect Kratom’s legal status, show up and let your voice be heard! As always, please be courteous and respectful.
As you can see, the legal status of Kratom seems to be in a constant state of motion. The good news is that for the most part, our voices are being heard. What’s most important is that we continue to fight at both the state and national levels to keep Kratom legal. Do your part by donating to the AKA today and keep spreading the truth about Kratom. We can’t win this war without you!