Welcome to the Kratomaton Biweekly Update for March 25th, 2019!
This week, we’ve got some updates on the American Kratom Association’s GMP Program, kratom’s regulatory struggles in Mississippi, and some kratom discounts to help you usher in springtime.
? KRATOM IN THE NEWS
American Kratom Association Establishes Good Manufacturing Practice Standards Program
Back in July of 2018, we covered the AKA’s plans to introduce a vetting program for American kratom vendors. Since then, the AKA has approved the applications of several vendors and is working to verify dozens of other applicants.
As of this writing, the following vendors are AKA GMP compliant:
We’ll be working to implement an AKA GMP certified badge/indicator for vendor pages on Kratomaton. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the AKA’s GMP Participants page to keep up with the latest vendor certifications.
Mississippi County Introduces Kratom Ban
On Friday, March 15th, county leaders in Lowndes County, Mississippi passed a new law banning the sale and possession of kratom within their jurisdiction. After April 1st, 2019, anyone caught possessing kratom or kratom products in Lowndes County could face a $1000 fine or six months in prison.
The new legislation follows a trend of kratom bans within the state of Mississipi. In 2017, Union County, Miss. enacted a similar ban. Earlier this year in February, the City Council of Columbus, Mississippi also voted to prohibit the sale, use, and distribution of kratom.
Now, some are speculating that a state-wide kratom ban may be in the works.