Welcome to the Kratomaton Biweekly Update for May 1st, 2019!
After a month of radio silence, we’re back with a brand-new site redesign, the latest kratom news, and some sweet discounts for your kratom next shopping venture. Read on to get the details!
? KRATOM IN THE NEWS
Legislators Push for Kratom Ban in Pennsylvania and Louisiana
This month, Pennsylvania State Representative Scott Conklin announced plans to regulate kratom within Pennsylvania, citing a history of overdoses and a lack of credible research supporting safe use.
Conklin intends to add kratom to Pennsylvania’s list of Schedule I substances, which would make the plant illegal to buy, sell, or possess statewide. At a press conference on April 12th, 2019, Conklin was accompanied by Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna, who referenced 27 kratom-related overdose fatalities that occurred in 2017. However, according to reports, these deaths also involved other drugs.
Despite pushing for a full-on kratom ban, Conklin also stated that if kratom is useful, regulation will help pave the way for safe use. “If [kratom] is useful to individuals, then it should be studied, regulated and used as such, as opposed to being sold in a shop and place where it has no right to be,” he stated.
In Louisiana, kratom’s legality is also under fire. In a hearing happening today (Wednesday, May 1st, 2019), the state is scheduled to discuss proposed legislation that will ban kratom in a manner similar to Conklin’s initiative.
The bill in question, LA HB452, adds both of kratom’s primary alkaloids, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, to the state’s list of Schedule I substances.
Previously, in 2018, legislators in Louisiana state passed LA HR177, a bill that urged the Louisiana Department of Health to study kratom as a “controlled dangerous substance.” Now, with LA HB452’s introduction, the state could push for complete kratom illegalization.
As you’ve (hopefully) noticed, we’ve given Kratomaton a digital facelift!
The new design emphasizes the visualization of information via a graphical style. You’ll find more graphics, buttons, and interactivity overall in comparison to the sparse, text-based design of our previous site layout.
Here’s a quick run-down on what has changed:
A brand-new frontpage that connects you with all of what Kratomaton has to offer
Browse Strains with our new snazzy strain page that centralizes the strain browsing experience
Find Vendors by country of origin or shipping destinations via built-in tables
Explore more content by interacting with the added sidebars on many pages
We’ve attempted to make the transition to this new design as smooth as possible, but as always, nothing is perfect. If you encounter any issues, be sure to let us know.
? VENDOR UPDATES
We’ve added the following new vendors to our growing database of kratom sellers. Go check them out!