www.KratomComments.org, a new web-based project by the American Kratom Association (AKA) and the Botanical Education Alliance (BEA), generated 1280 comments in its first 10 days – roughly 60 percent of the 2186 comments logged by the DEA as of midnight ET October 29th.
Both AKA and
Fans of Kratom say they can help people quit using heroin and prescription opiates are cheering the DEA’s decision to delay cracking down on the plant.
Kratom users unleashed a wave of public criticism, ripping the federal government for taking action without considering the impact on
Kratom (scientific name mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical tree in the coffee family indigenous to Southeast Asia. It is used for everything from recreation to self-medication.
Some people have used it for an energy boost while others have taken kratom in place of highly addictive prescription
One reason for the famously tough federal agency’s unusual move was “a large volume of phone calls from the American public” as well as messages from the scientific community and letters from members of Congress, says DEA spokesperson Russ Baer.
The withdrawal of an emergency substance
Thousands of consumers hounded the DEA, enlisted members of Congress and -- for the moment -- have won. It’s a big win for kratom users, who burned up the phone lines of the DEA and Congress, where dozens of lawmakers signed letters asking the anti-drug
The DEA's proposed use of the emergency scheduling authority in this instance is completely unprecedented … Far from being 'an imminent hazard,' kratom herbal products are used routinely, safely, and responsibly by several million consumers in the United States. Never before has DEA invoked its
At the moment the classification, which could have gone into effect September 30, has been put on hold. The status is uncertain, however, since DEA has made no public comment.
In two separate letters to the DEA and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the bi-partisan
Four kava bar owners in South Florida – one of them a retired police officer – have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over its threated ban on kratom.
“Plaintiff business relies primarily on kratom tea sales, as do 9 other kava
In late August, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency announced a ban on the herbal supplement kratom. Now, after much public outcry and demands made by lawmakers, the agency is reconsidering its decision.
In late August, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency announced a ban on the herbal
After announcing that the herbal supplement kratom would be made as illegal as heroin, the Drug Enforcement Administration is now reconsidering its decision, a US official familiar with the process told STAT on Wednesday morning.
In making its decision, the DEA pointed to an increase in