Happening Now: Georgia House Study Committee on Kratom Risks Hearing

Press release by the American Kratom Association:

Kratom Warriors,

As a reminder, tomorrow is the day for the Georgia public hearing on kratom!

The House Study Committee on the Risks Associated with Kratom will hold its final Hearing on Friday, Dec. 28th at 11:00am in Room 606 CLOB (Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.).

This will be the last chance for kratom supporters in Georgia to tell their personal stories on why kratom should remain legal. 

If you live in Georgia, we hope you do everything you can to arrange your schedule to attend.

If you don’t live in Georgia, but have friends, family, or fellow kratom consumers that you know in Georgia, please reach out to them TODAY to encourage them to attend.

The Committee also heard us loud and clear on eliminating restrictions on being able to speak at the Hearing.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE – YOU CAN SIGN IN AT THE DOOR TO SPEAK.

We need to make sure we fill the room with kratom supporters. 

The AKA will be hosting a “Pre-Hearing Rally” at 10:15 am in Room 506 CLOB.  This will be an opportunity for kratom advocates who plan on attending the hearing to get the latest updates from Dave Herman, Chairman of the American Kratom Association, and Mac Haddow, AKA’s Senior Fellow on Public Policy.

From the Pre-Hearing Rally, we will all walk up one floor to the actual hearing in Room 606 CLOB.  

If you are planning on attending the Public Hearing and the Pre-Hearing Rally, please CLICK HERE and fill out the short registration form. This will give us an idea of the strategy we need to use at the Hearing.

We will have 2 hours to hear from kratom supporters, so let’s take advantage of this important opportunity.

For those who will be attending, this is a formal meeting of the Legislature so all are encouraged to dress appropriately, and please keep your statements on a professional and respectful basis with the Committee and its staff.

If you have family or friends in Georgia, please forward them the following information: 

Georgia House Study Committee on Risks Associated with Kratom

Friday, December 28, 2018

11:00am in Room 606 CLOB

Atlanta, Georgia

Pre-Hearing Rally

10:15am in Room 506 CLOB

Atlanta, Georgia

Let’s speak up now to keep kratom legal in Georgia.

Sincerely,

Pete Candland

Executive Director

American Kratom Association


Press release by the Kratom Trade Association:

Kratom Industry in GA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2018  

KRATOM TRADE ASSOCIATION: INDUSTRY IS PREPARED TO WORK WITH GEORGIA LAWMAKERS ON MANUFACTURING, LABELING AND AGE OVERSIGHT OF KRATOM

The Trade Group for Kratom Now Reaching Out to Key Lawmakers in Georgia; “90 Percent of Issues” Will Require Involving Manufacturing, Distributors and Retailers in Georgia Process.

ATLANTA, GA. – December 27, 2018 – On the eve of a planned Georgia General Assembly House study committee meeting, the Kratom Trade Association (KTA), the registered non-profit representing kratom manufacturers, distributors and retailers, said that it is reaching out to state lawmakers to directly resolve their concerns about kratom, the natural, coffee-like herb associated with better health and well-being.

This week, KTA is contacting key Georgia lawmakers to convey the views of the kratom industry and its willingness to work with the state lawmakers.  A hearing of the Georgia House Study Committee on the Risks Associated with Kratom is set for tomorrow (December 28th) at 11 a.m. in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 606.

KTA organizer Eduardo Brambila said: “Kratom has been available for decades in the U.S. and Georgia.  Hundreds of thousands of consumers use it safely every day. Based on all evidence currently available, the KTA sees no medical, scientific and/or legal reason for prohibiting the distribution, sale or consumption of kratom in Georgia.  We strongly encourage state lawmakers to review all the fact-based information that is available, and we believe they will come to the same conclusion. The research on natural kratom has had significant advancement recently and demonstrates the value of the plant and its low abuse potential.

Additionally, recent developments (e.g., legalization in Thailand) point to wider and wider acceptance of kratom.”

Brambila added: “We welcome the fact that kratom consumers have spoken out on this issue, but it appears that about 90 percent of the issues that Georgia lawmakers are considering are actually about the manufacturing, distribution, and retailing of kratom.  Those issues can only be resolved by involving the trade group that represents the industry. That is why the KTA is ready to support Georgia and work with local businesses and regulators. Our hope and expectation is to play a central role in making sure that this situation is resolved to the satisfaction of all responsible parties.  It’s the duty and responsibility of our nonprofit trade association to provide guidance and resources to those working with kratom to assure consumers receive the best quality manufactured products available.”

Brambila said that the KTA is willing to work with Georgia lawmakers to implement an effective regulatory system as it relates to kratom.  He noted:

– The industry favors banning and prohibiting all adulterated versions of kratom.  KTA supports the sale to consumers of only natural kratom products.

– The Kratom Trade Association is also willing to work with Georgia lawmakers to have age restrictions on the sale of natural kratom.  KTA has supported limiting access to kratom only to adults.

– Labeling requirements are another topic that the Kratom Trade Association is prepared to hash out with state lawmakers.  KTA already has labeling guidelines and will work with the kratom industry to address specific Georgia requirements.

– Georgia lawmakers should be sensitive to the fact that the state is a major hub of the U.S. kratom industry.  Georgia is one of the top five states for kratom manufacturing and distribution, which means that the industry is a major employer and taxpayer in the state.  Nothing would be gained – and much would be lost – by sending those jobs and tax revenues to other states.

The Kratom Trade Association already requires adherence with approved Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as a condition for membership in the organization.  GMP is designed to ensure both the purity of a product and to prevent risk of contamination that can result in salmonella and other illnesses. As the industry’s sole registered trade group, KTA is working to have its GMP program adopted and used on an industry wide basis.

For an overview of the philosophy and important work of the Kratom Trade Association, go to https://kratomtrade.org/press-releases/.


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