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The past few months a few states began the process of banning all natural kratom. Fortunately The Major along with other organizations, and people are actively opposing state by state as legislature is introduced banning kratom.    

Here is a quick update on the status of each state; 

Alabama - Members of the State Legislature introduced House Bill 175 (HB175) sponsored by Representatives; Butler, Farley, Daniels, Treadaway, South, Rowe, Fridy, Weaver, Pettus, Whorton, Ledbetter, Rich, Johnson, Nordgren, and Brownand. Senate Bill 226 (SB226) was introduced, and sponsored by Senator Orr.  These proposed bills would add Mitragynine, and Hydroxymitragynine commonly known as kratom  to Schedule I of the controlled substances list.  The American Kratom Association is actively opposing both bills. Please take a few minutes to show them your support.

Florida - Senate Bill 1182 was just amended to 18+. This bill makes it a misdemeanor to sell to anyone under the age of 18. Period. Nothing more. Kratom will NOT be banned in Florida! Many thanks to Susan Ash of the American Kratom Association!  

Georgia - The Health and Human Services Committee tabled a proposed bill to ban kratom. The Committee will review the bill in one year. 

KentuckyOn February 17, the KY Senate quietly announced a Senate floor vote on SB 136 (with the amendment to ban kratom) the very next day. The bill has already passed out of the Health and Human Services committee. It will likely pass out of the Senate. However, there is still a chance to stop this bill. We need your help! Please take a few minutes to show your support for kratom in Kentucky. 

New Hampshire - Last Tuesday a Health and Human Services Committee Hearing was held to discuss Senate Bill 540-FN 'an act prohibiting, the possession, use, or sale of kratom.'  The Major Kratom Advocacy Team was at the hearing, and went on record opposing the bill. The room was filled to capacity, with a majority of those present opposing the bill. Representatives from The American Kratom Association, and Botanical Legal Defense testified in opposition, and brought much needed facts, and information to the table. The passion in the room was overwhelming, and the opposition certainly left committee members questioning if it was in the best interest of New Hampshire Citizens to ban all natural kratom. 

New York - Members of the Assembly introduced Assembly Bill A8670 sponsored by Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, and it's Senate Companion Bill S6345 sponsored by Senator David Carlucci.  Assembly Bill A9068 sponsored by Guillermo Linares, has also been introduced. As well as Assembly Bill A9121  regarding the prohibition of the sale of kratom to individuals under the age of twenty-one.  A9121 is in the House Health Committee.  

These bills must work their way through committees in both chambers (the House, called the "Assembly" in NY, and the Senate), on their way to becoming law. It is unclear how many total committees the bills must travel through, but right now the Assembly Bill is in the Economic Development Committee, and the Senate Bill is in the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. If the bills make it out of all required committees, they are then voted on, on the "Floor" of both chambers (meaning a public roll-call vote). If they win a majority vote in each, they move on to be signed into law by the Governor, with an effective date of January 1, 2017.  Together we can stop this from happening! 

 

How Can I Help The Cause?!?

 

Please Note: Aspects of the above information were compiled from the American Kratom Association 

Written by The Major — February 19, 2016

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