Kratom to be Made Illegal by End of Month, Placed as Schedule 1
At the end of last month the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it will soon be adding kratom as a Schedule 1 controlled substances alongisde heroin and cannabis. In talking with a spokesperson for the administration, we found that the change will be made official by the end of September, 30 days after the announcement was made.
Like cannabis, kratom is a natural substance that has been used for medical and therapeutic reasons for hundreds of years. The tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia, and has been entirely legal in the United States up to this point, with it sold in headshops and gas stations across the country (not to mention easily found online).
[Updated 9/12/2016: This article has been corrected to state that the change will be made by the end of this month, not the end of November.]