This week, a newly-approved bill might threaten kratom legality within the United States, we've got some hot discounts to cool you off, as well as some newly-added vendors to check out. All that and more, in this edition of Kratomaton's Biweekly Update!
Last Friday, the United States House of Representatives approved The Stop Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act, or "SITSA," for short.
The act - introduced in 2017 - intended to establish a new "schedule" classification of banned substances within the United States Controlled Substances Act.
Many Americans are likely already familiar with the term "Schedule I," which refers to a drug that has been deemed illegal within the United States. SITSA intends to expand upon the manner in which the US controls substances with a new classification, called "Schedule A."
Essentially, the purpose of Schedule A is to control substances that are chemically and psychoactively similar to already scheduled substances, most likely in response to the ongoing opioid crisis within the United States. This motive is apparent given SITSA's classification of 13 fentanyl analogues as Schedule A - fentanyl being the infamous opioid that has caused widespread death and devastation since its introduction to the United States.
In addition to addressing the grey-area of drug analogues, SITSA also creates harsh legal penalties for anyone distributing Schedule A substances. But perhaps most notably, it also greatly expedites the process of adding new substances - giving the US the ability to classify newly-identified drug analogues as Schedule A after only 30 days.
SITSA has been met with both support and outrage and has aroused significant concern within the American kratom community. Many Americans fear that SITSA will provide the United States Congress with the opportunity to Schedule A kratom, deeming it illegal on a federal level.
Given that the United States Food And Drug Administration has previously deemed kratom an "opioid" and an "opioid analogue," and that SITSA specifically targets substance analogues, these fears seem largely justified. And because SITSA permits US Congress to classify substances as Schedule A with expediency, kratom's legality in the United States could change - and change quickly.
Still, only time will tell. We encourage you to keep up with the American Kratom Association's ongoing coverage of SITSA, if interested.
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