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Updated July 2nd, 2018

Federal Legislative News

KTA’s legal and policy teams, in partnership with other advocacy organizations, have been hard at work on federal bills like SITSA, the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues” Act, that could possibly be used to schedule Kratom nation-wide.

SITSA was added to H.R. 6., legislation that was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill combined 58 different bills, two of which are SITSA and the “Stop Counterfeit Drugs by Regulating and Enhancing Enforcement Now” (SCREEN) Act — both of which attempt to stop deadly synthetic opioids from being shipped into the U.S. However, these bills contain overly broad definitions of the substances covered and give the Attorney General overreaching authority that could be used to ban natural botanical plants and herbs without public input or challenge. This package of bills has been sent to the Senate, where amendments will be offered to exclude botanicals (SEE CALL TO ACTION ABOVE).

State Legislative News

Louisiana

In May, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Resolution No. 177. This resolution directed the Louisiana Department of Health to create a study committee to determine whether Kratom should be a controlled substance at the state level. The next step is for the State Department of Health to establish a working group to review all relevant research.

KTA has been in touch with the Louisiana Department of Health, who indicated that they will name the members of the study committee later this summer. The Department has committed to keeping us informed so that we can engage in discussions in advance of any meetings.

Georgia

Like Louisiana, the Georgia State Legislature called for a summer study committee to look into whether Kratom should be a controlled substance there. Georgia Representative Vernon Jones, an avid Kratom supporter, has been assigned to the committee and will make sure the proper facts and science are presented. We’re told the plan for study input includes hearings around the state and we will share more details once they are determined.

Tennessee

HB 1832/SB 2258, a bill that would have banned Kratom in Tennessee, was signed into law by Governor Haslam on May 21 with Kratom removed from the list of banned substances. The bill passed with an amendment that stipulates Kratom is legal in its raw powdered or crushed leaf forms for consumers over 21 and adds additional labeling requirements.

Kansas

After fierce debate, Governor Colyer signed SB 282, the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act, into law on May 14 with Kratom removed in the final version of the bill. Kratom remains legal in the state of Kansas.

New York

S6924 was passed by the state Senate on June 12. It was referred to the Assembly and onto the Health Committee. The bill prohibits the sale of Kratom to individuals under the age of 18; defines “Kratom” as any part of the plant Mitragyna Speciosa, whether growing or not, and any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant; and imposes a civil penalty of no more than $500 for the sale or provision of Kratom to any person under the age of 18.