By Philip  |  06-23-2018   Opinion
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Kratom is a Southeast Asian plant related to ​coffee that millions use for conditions varying from depression and anxiety to sleep disturbances and chronic pain. In the last decade, kratom has been forced to face multiple blockades in order to remain legal and readily available to the public. Not unlike what happened with the Pacific Islands shrub kava which became a popular supplement for anxiety and panic attack sufferers, the force of disinformation and heavy pressure from the powerful pharmaceutical lobby led to some scares that nearly ended in the plant panacea becoming contraband.

https://thegoldwater.com/news/27069-FDA-Launches-Latest-Volley-Against-Kratom-With-New-Advisory

The latest direct threat to kratom on the federal level is the SITSA bill which aims to stop the importation of synthetic analogues of opioids. On the surface, this is something nearly everyone can agree on considering the dire state of the opioid epidemic in the US. That said, as one kratom advocate I know said recently "SITSA is about curbing opioids the way that the Patriot Act was about keeping Americans safe." In other words, as with so many bills, piggybacking on an idea that can easily gain bipartisan support (whether it's "curb the opioid epidemic" or "keep Americans safe") is a great way to insert potentially dangerous legislation hidden.

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Take for instance FOSTA which has, once again, a lofty goal in its title. Stopping sex trafficking, sure. I mean, who wants humans to be forced into sex slavery, right? Problem is, it has the unintended consequence of not only eroding internet freedoms but may also make life more difficult and dangerous for sex workers (legal or otherwise). Then there's the Omnibus bill which was "about spending," but hidden within the massive 2200+ pages of the spending bill lurked the CLOUD Act which effectively invalidates 4th amendment right of freedom from illegal search and seizure and privacy when one is online.

https://thegoldwater.com/news/12994-Addiction-and-Abuse-Expert-Warns-Against-Banning-Kratom

SITSA could create similar unintended negative consequences if it's used to target kratom which is currently used by some estimated millions in the US alone. Many people who previously used prescription pharmaceuticals found they improved their quality of life and were able to rid themselves of the inebriation and addiction that are part and parcel of taking certain classes of drugs like the anxiolytics and analgesics. SITSA just passed and despite the admirable goal of quelling the importation of dangerous analogue drugs, could be used to ban kratom at the federal level. FDA Commissioner Gottlieb has previously labeled kratom "an opioid" which is something of a misnomer. Yes, kratom has some weak to mild opiate binding properties. But do you know what else does? Coffee, dairy products and strenuous exercise as well as a whole host of other completely legal and fairly safe compounds. Labeling kratom "an opioid" is intellectual dishonesty at its best. It is equivocation to the point of prevarication and it opens the door for kratom to be made contraband overnight at the discretion of the Attorney General.

https://thegoldwater.com/news/13168-Kratom-Speaks-Tearjerking-Testimonials-Highlight-Human-Cost-Of-Kratom-Ban

Currently, several scientists are lobbying Congress in attempt to push back against the possibility, of SITSA loophole making the plant illegal. Congressman Mark Pocan and Paul Gosar's amendment that would exempt kratom is currently waiting to be heard so it's not too late to contact your representatives about H.R. 2851 and S.B. 1327. Currently, the Kratom Trade Association, American Kratom Association and Botanical Education Alliance are coordinating efforts to support the Pocan-Gosar amendment. Even if the Pocan-Gosar amendment is picked up, there is still another potential hurdle as over 30 "opioid crisis bills" have been passed in this month alone. House Bill 5228, the SCREEN Act is another bill that could potentially restrict herbal medicines considering the vagueness of legislative language regarding "adulterated or misbranded drugs."

Source:

https://www.americankratom.org/sitsa-update2

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Schermann No. 29514 1529777810

if its like coffee then why not add it to coffee? A headache free coffee would make million$.

Anonymous No. 29523 1529784118

Philip is a drug addicted weasel

Tony No. 29650 1529863647

Anonymous No. 29523 makes a very empty remark about something he has little to no idea what he is talking about. This plant has benefited hundreds of thousands of people with very little side effects and almost no directly attributable deaths. Keep it legal.

Misti No. 29655 1529870301

There’s entirely too much scientific research and support of this natural botanical for this to even be an issue??? It’s a sad time in this nation … with the answer to our opioid epidemic right here in front of our noses!!? Wake up !!! Open your eyes and your minds to this amazing botanical!!! Has changed millions of lives!! #WeAreKratom #IAmKratom!!!!

Candy No. 29659 1529871856

This needs to be kept legal it gave millions of ppl their lives back mine included I live now not just excisting

Sonnie No. 29694 1529905950

I have an aggressive type of Rhematoid Arthritis and Sjorns disease. I have been lowered by PM to the point of no relief or quality of life, then I found that Kratom helps me so much get through a day, sleep, gives me some quality of life, please listen to the pleas…Keep Kratom Legal!! We are literally begging you for our LIFE!!!

Dijon No. 29699 1529908934

Please dont allow the bill as written to pass!!

I would like to see the amendments to be added; so that botanicals such as kratom, and many others are not banned.

There is far to much scientific evidence so far, to support kratom.

Even if, IF, the 44 fda stated deaths, after centuries of use were true…

Why are APPROVED meds, with the several pages of listed side effects… okay, "safe, non addictive"….

But 44 polydrug use, gunshot, falling out a window..

Yet kratom comes with several pages of scientists in support of… .. why is the info being ignored?

Are our PRISONS. Criminal Justice Depts, courts… set up to handle all of the SICK, CHRONIC MEDICAL DISEASES, PAIN PATIENTS, AND CURRENTLY WORKING REHABBING PEOPLE WITH ADDICTIONS???

WHO will be released from the system…. to handle the new " approved " criminals?

Anonymous No. 29700 1529909253

My story, or a good portion of it can be read in:

thegoldwater.com/news/13168-Kratom-Speaks-Tearjerking-Testimonials-Highlight-Human-Cost-Of-Kratom-Ban

Please dont allow the bill as written to pass!!

I would like to see the amendments to be added; so that botanicals such as kratom, and many others are not banned.

There is far to much scientific evidence so far, to support kratom.

Even if, IF, the 44 fda stated deaths, after centuries of use were true…

Why are APPROVED meds, with the several pages of listed side effects… okay, "safe, non addictive"….

But 44 polydrug use, gunshot, falling out a window..

Yet kratom comes with several pages of scientists in support of… .. why is the info being ignored?

Are our PRISONS. Criminal Justice Depts, courts… set up to handle all of the SICK, CHRONIC MEDICAL DISEASES, PAIN PATIENTS, AND CURRENTLY WORKING REHABBING PEOPLE WITH ADDICTIONS???

WHO will be released from the system…. to handle the new " approved " criminals?

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