Kratom Becomes Illegal Friday, Petition to the White House Reaches Signature Goal

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Kratom.

At the end of August the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it will be adding kratom as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, placing it alongside substances such as heroin and cannabis. The move will be made official starting Friday, September 30th.

Kratom, for those who don’t know, is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia that has been consumed for hundreds of years in numerous countries for its supposed medical and theruptic properties. Up to this point it’s been legal throughout the United States in all but a few states. However, its use has gained popularity in recent years, and clearly the DEA sees making it illegal as another reason for their continued existence (as we mention in a recent article, kratom will continued to be sold, just through black-market means rather than through tax-paying businesses).

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DEA Announces Kratom to Become a Schedule 1 Drug

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Kratom leaves.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that it will be adding kratom to the federal list of controlled substance (Federal Controlled Substances Act). Not only that, they’ll will be making it a schedule 1 drug, indicating that it’s one of the most dangerous substances on the planet.

The move to schedule 1 puts kratom alongside hard drugs such as heroin, though it also puts it in the same category as cannabis. Like cannabis, kratom is a natural substance; it’s a tree that’s indigenous to Southeast Asia. In many countries it’s been used for hundreds of years as a therapeutic substance to relieve stress and other ailments. In the U.S., it’s been legal up until this point, found in many headshops across the country (and easily found on the internet). According to many consumers of the plant, it produces an opioid-like effect.

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