Legislation has been filed in Florida’s Legislature to make kratom illegal.
State Representative Kristin Jacobs (D-Coconut Creek) filed House Bill 183 on Friday. It would add Mitragynine and Hydroxymitragynine, compounds found in Kratom, to the state’s list of controlled substances.
Recently the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it was making kratom a Schedule 1 drug at the federal law; however, public backlash caused them to take a step back and open up a public comment period. That period recently ended, but as of now kratom is still legal in all but a few states.
Kratom is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia; it is consumed through methods such as placing it into tea. It has been used in numerous countries for hundreds of years for its therapeutic and medical properties. It’s said to relieve stress and anxiety, and also help combat opiate withdrawal.
Click here for the full text of Florida’s House Bill 183.
Click here for why we believe the DEA is trying to make kratom illegal.