Florida Bill Would Make Kratom a Controlled Substances

Legislation has been filed in Florida’s Legislature to make kratom illegal.

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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.

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10 Days Remaining for Public Comment on Proposed Kratom Ban

kratom banAt the end of August the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it would soon be making kratom illegal. Not only that, they planned to place it as a Schedule 1 drug alongside hard drugs such as heroin, indicating that it’s one of the most dangerous substances known to man.

The backlash from the public was immediate, with many crying foul about the administration making a substance illegal that has been used medically and therapeutically for thousands of years. Kratom is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia and at most produces a mild opioid-like effect; many use it to relieve stress and anxiety. This resulted in a White House petition garnering over 130,000 signatures in less than a month. This played a part in the DEA announcing a delay on the ban last month; they subsequently opened up a public comment period.

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DEA Withdraws Ban on Kratom, Opens Up Public Comment Period

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Powdered kratom, which looks similar to cannabis kief.

In a surprising move the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that they are withdrawing their recently-announced emergency ban on kratom – which would have placed it as a schedule 1 drug – and instead are opening up a public comment period. The announcement was made on a post in the Federal Register. The public comment period will end on December 1st.

“This is a truly remarkable moment to see the Drug Enforcement Administration, a law enforcement agency with a long track record of ignoring both science and public opinion, being forced to consider the scientific evidence and public opinion before taking additional steps with respect to kratom,” says Grant Smith, deputy director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance. “People who oppose a federal kratom ban only have about six weeks to tell the federal government that kratom does not belong in our broken drug scheduling system.”

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Ban on Kratom Delayed

kraAt the end of August the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that they are making kratom illegal, placing it as a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroin, cannabis and other substances deemed to be the most dangerous in the world. The move was initially set to become official today, September 30th, but DEA spokesperson Russ Baer tells us that the move has been delayed indefinitely, though it’s “just a matter of time” before it will be finalized.

According to Baer, the proper paperwork to make kratom a Schedule 1 drug has not been completed, which is the cause of the delay. The DEA’s Diversion Control Division is currently preparing a final order, which will be in effect for several years and will outline criminal sanctions associated with those continuing to use and sell kratom. Once complete, it will go to the Federal Register which will publish it a few days after.

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