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Important Kratom Legislative Updates: February 2021

Kratom has received plenty of attention across state legislatures this month. Below is a rundown of all that has taken place in the US kratom sphere since the beginning of February.  Mississippi Back in early January, a Mississippi Senate Bill was proposed calling to add kratom to Schedule I of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. …

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FDA Head Ranted About Kratom on Twitter a Day After HHS Quietly Withdrew Ban Recommendation

On August 16, 2018, Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a letter to then Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Uttam Dhillon, rescinding a previous HHS recommendation that kratom should be federally outlawed. Pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act…, I am rescinding our …

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Federal Actions on Kratom: 2006 to 2018 HHS Decision to Withhold Ban

This is a timeline of actions taken by federal agencies concerning kratom up to the August 16, 2018 HHS decision to withdraw a recommendation to ban kratom. FDA has been the most active federal agency in trying to control kratom, from releasing several import alerts, to requesting shipment seizures, to sending cease and desist letters …

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31. Jacob Ringstad

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Jacob Ringstad never liked opiates. But at 18 he was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease. At 19 he was injured in car accidents. This would lead to over a decade of managing chronic pain with opiates. Three years ago Jacob decided to get sober for the sake of his daughter. Using kratom and cannabis, Jacob …

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25. Misty Brown

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Misty Brown was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease in 2008 which led to an 11 year addiction to opiate painkillers. After being fired from pain management and detoxing, Misty watched the Netflix documentary A Leaf of Faith which she says changed her life. She found that kratom helped her live with her chronic pain from …

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Is a smoke shop in Edwardsville, IL the reason police want to ban kratom there?

At the request of the police department, the Edwardsville, IL city council is considering a ban on kratom. According to an action item included in the February 18 City Council Agenda, “The action will update the City’s ordinance regarding the use of bath salts and include Kratom, a stimulant that mirrors the effects of opioid …

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7. Nina Ajdin

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Nina Ajdin grew up in war-torn Bosnia before her family immigrated into the United States. She later contracted a skin disease called topical steroid withdrawal. Nina’s story was featured on NPR, Daily Mail, and Kratomscience.com. In 2019 after years of illness that kept her home-bound, Nina started a full time job. She also testified to …

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Thailand is on the path to legalize kratom after a 76 year ban

Last week, Thailand’s Justice Minister Somsak Thapsutin announced that his ministry no longer considers kratom a narcotic, and plans to legalize the plant where it’s been traditionally used for centuries. Thapsutin was quoted in The Nation/Asia News Network: “To consider plants or chemicals as narcotics, the government referred to World Health Organisation (WHO)’s drug regulatory …

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5. Michael Carr

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My guest this week is Michael Carr. He’s originally from Philadelphia and currently resides in Jacksonville Florida. Michael takes kratom for anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. He’s growing his own Rifat kratom tree in his backyard, and hopes to one day grow enough kratom at home for a personal supply. For more information on all …

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