Welcome to the Kratomaton Biweekly Update for March 25th, 2020!
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of recent news has revolved around efforts to contain the virus’s spread. That said, there’s been no shortage of kratom news, as Chinese legislators and the United States FDA push for regulatory measures that threaten consumer access to the plant.
Hong Kong Legislators Consider Kratom Restrictions
Some Hong Kong legislators have recently voiced intentions to control and regulate kratom throughout the Chinese city.
In particular, Chinese legislator Kwok Ka-ki has been vocal about implementing new kratom laws. “Putting it under observation is useless, it will just mean you’re expecting its arrival,” Kwok told the South China Morning Post. “You have to [take action] earlier than when it starts [to spread]. You want to catch something by laws, you have to be faster or you will be defeated.”
Presently, kratom and kratom’s primary alkaloids — mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine — remain unregulated in Hong Kong. In addition, some retailers in the city openly sell kratom and kratom products, although the plant has a small consumer base.
As of now, ACAN (Action Committee Against Narcotics), Hong Kong’s drug advisory department, hasn’t held a formal meeting regarding kratom or promoted any restrictions on the plant’s use or sale.
United States FDA Renews Interest in Banning Kratom
According to the American Kratom Association (AKA), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing their efforts to ban kratom’s primary alkaloids, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
In their latest update, AKA representative Mac Haddow announced that the FDA is escalating their war on kratom by contesting the classification of kratom.
Previously, the FDA claimed that kratom is an unapproved drug. Now, by claiming that kratom is a “food additive” when sold as capsules or tablets, Haddow believes that the FDA is attempting to bring the plant back under their purview.
However, because the manufacturing of kratom capsules or tablets doesn’t change kratom’s natural properties, Haddow stated that the FDA’s reclassification of kratom “defies logic and common sense.”
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