Hello and welcome to the Kratomaton Biweekly update for January 11th, 2018!
We get the feeling that big things are in store for both kratom and Kratomaton this year. Due to kratom’s increasing visibility and gradual shifts in public perception, 2018 could be a defining year for kratom in North America alone.
It’s been 2018 for nearly two weeks now, so we have a lot to catch up on. Let’s take a look!
KRATOM IN THE NEWS
Continued Fight For Kratom Advocacy
Although the United States FDA has yet to issue an update following last year’s public health advisory, the online kratom community has continued to rally in support of factual information and representation.
Most recently, the American Kratom Association have gained the support of Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) in their campaign to encourage the DEA to review all available science on kratom carefully before making a scheduling decision.
This letter campaign likely comes in direct response to the announcement of the FDA/DEA kratom scheduling process, which Commissioner Scott Gottlieb had said would be commencing “soon.”
You can read more about the Pocan/LoBiondo letter and learn how to take action as a United States citizen here.
Changes in United States Kratom Legality
Since our last update, some states in the USA have either changed or clarified their stance on kratom. You can see these changes reflected on our kratom Legality page.
These clarifications are important, because many online shoppers may be wondering – “is kratom legal in my state?“
For quick reference, here they are:
TENNESSEE – ILLEGAL (SYNTHETIC VERSIONS)
Represented by Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, the state of Tennessee clarified their stance on kratom recently, noting that the ban only included synthetic versions of mitragynine or hydroxymitragynine – both of which are naturally occurring compounds in kratom.
This means that the organic, plant-based form is legalin the state of Tennesse and possession is not discouraged by law.
You can read more about this – including Attorney General Herbert Slatery III’s original letter on the matter – at the Botanical Education Alliance.
RHODE ISLAND – ILLEGAL
Meanwhile, in Rhode Island – the opposite is true. Since June 12, 2017, both mitragynine and hydroxymitragynine have been controlled substances via the Rhode Island Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
It’s not clear if this ban includes both organic and synthetic versions of the two compounds.
You can read more about this, including the full documentation at Speciosa.org.
We’ve added nearly ten new vendor listings since the last update, with more to come! Here are all the new additions, listed by date: