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!
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.
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:
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 legal in 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.
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:
No new strains were added since the last update! If we’re totally slacking and missed one, let us know!
We've partnered with Google Adsense and have started displaying ads on Kratomaton in order to help cover our operating costs, which you may have noticed around the site.
Let us know how you feel about the change. We're certainly up to experimenting with ads/ad types.
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That’s it for this week’s update. Thanks for reading, and all the best in 2018!