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Federal Legislative News

Updated 9/10/18

 

The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (S. 2680), the Senate’s version of H.R. 6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act, has been finalized and is expected to be brought for a vote this week. This legislation is intended “to provide for opioid use disorder prevention, recovery, and treatment, and for other purposes.”

Through the concentrated and effective efforts by several Kratom advocacy groups including the Kratom Trade Association engaging and educating legislators, the Kratom community has successfully prevented language that would have allowed the DEA to schedule Kratom from being included in the bill.

Specifically, the legislation does not contain any provisions that restrict Kratom consumption or use, nor does it contain any reference to Kratom or botanical substances. This is a significant win for the Kratom community, and it is all thanks to the tireless efforts of Kratom advocates and cooperation among our fellow Kratom organizations. While we must remain vigilant, the Kratom community has proven that we can make a difference in preserving the legality of this natural option for managing health and wellbeing.

KTA continues to monitor federal, state and local legislation and ordinances that would restrict Kratom, to educate decision makers about the benefits of Kratom and dispel misconceptions, and to develop reasonable regulations based on science and safety that will preserve safe and responsible Kratom consumption for millions of Americans.

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State Legislative News

 

Updated July 2nd, 2018

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.