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One-Sided Local News Reporting and a ban on Kratom in Columbus, Mississippi

Following one-sided, “Reefer Madness” style fear-based reports from news outlets in North Mississippi, the town of Columbus, MS decided to ban kratom. A February 4, 2019 report by news station WCBI featured Lowndes County resident Angela Jourdan who claimed her marriage was “affected by Kratom” and was lobbying to the Columbus city council to have …

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Setting the Record Straight on ‘Synthetic Drugs’ — and What We Should Do About Them

“Synthetic drugs” have been causing panic lately; many are new to the drug market, haven’t been researched, and they’re easily mistaken for and sold as somewhat similar drugs. While alarmist media stories have focused on their reported dangers, what often goes unaddressed is that our existing pattern of banning drugs drives the creation of these …

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Experts Weigh In On The Positive Aspects Of Kratom

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Botanical Legal Defense (BLD), an educational and advocacy group focused on promoting and protecting the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of natural plants and herbal supplements, is concerned that Kratom is, at times, misrepresented as dangerous and without medical value. Kratom, a 100 percent natural plant and herbal supplement from Southeast Asia, has been …

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Turning The Spotlight On The FDA – Why Kratom Is Still A Target

Last week, Hon. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen of American Samoa presented a Washington Times article in the House of Representatives. This article, “An Excuse For Crushing Kratom: The FDA’s Undue Scrutiny Is Unscientific,” highlights the inappropriate and unnecessary targeting of kratom by the FDA. One of the many arguments in support of kratom is the …

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Kratom – Evaluating The Perception Of A “Controversial” Drug

Over the past few years, Kratom has become increasingly popular in the public eye. As is the case with most “new” things, news agencies attempt to look at it with a critical eye, attempting to trade page views for manufactured controversy. This, in turn, activates the concerned parent contingent, intent on finding the next PTA …

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