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March 18, 2021

Oregon Introduces Kratom Consumer Protection Act

Oregon is the latest American state to introduce — but not pass — its version of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA). The regulation package, which aims to protect kratom consumers by enforcing product and labelling standards, is already active in US states like Oklahoma, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Utah.

Over a year ago, Oregon enacted House Bill 4013, which illegalized the sale and distribution of kratom to citizens under 21. While that bill didn’t introduce any other restrictions, it set the stage for future legislation, stating “… [Oregon officials] shall collaborate with representatives of the kratom industry to develop a plan to address the administrative burden and cost of regulation of kratom.”

Oregon House Bill 2646, a new bill, is the latest fruit of that collaboration. While not yet active, the bill is based on the American Kratom Association’s Kratom Consumer Protection Act. It introduces many of the same kratom regulations currently active in other states, such as:

  • Processors (those selling, making, or distributing kratom products) can’t:
    • Adulterate kratom products with non-kratom substances
    • Contaminate kratom products with dangerous non-kratom substances
    • Add synthetic kratom alkaloids to their kratom products
    • Sell kratom products that contain greater than 2% 7-hydroxymitragynine, a potent kratom alkaloid
    • Sell kratom products without labelling them with directions for use

For now, the “Oregon Kratom Consumer Protection Act” states that its regulations will come into effect starting Jan 1st, 2022.

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