The Tennessee Conference Committee convened this morning on HB 1832 and SB 2258 and accepted a new 21+ amendment drafted by the committee itself. Below is the full text of the accepted amendment.
Conference Committee Report on House Bill No. 1832 / Senate Bill No. 2258
The House and Senate Conference Committee appointed pursuant to motions to resolve the differences between the two houses on House Bill No. 1832 (Senate Bill No. 2258) has met and recommends that all amendments be deleted.
The Committee further recommends that the following amendment be adopted: by deleting Sections 10 and 11, substituting instead the following, and redesignating the subsequent sections accordingly:
SECTION 10. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-17-452(a), is amended by adding the following as a new subdivision (a)(3):
(A) It is an offense for a person to knowingly: (i) Sell, or offer for sale, Kratom unless labeled and in its natural form; (ii) Distribute, sell, or offer for sale, Kratom to a person under the age of twenty-one (21) years; or (iii) Purchase or possess Kratom if under the age of twenty-one (21) years.
(B) For purposes of this subdivision (a)(3): (i) “Labeled” means a label containing the manufacturer’s information and a warning that includes, at a minimum, “Warning: Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. It is illegal to possess Kratom if under 21 years of age. Consult your healthcare professional before using. Do not combine with alcohol or medication. Consult a doctor prior to usage if you have any heart disease, liver disorder, high blood pressure, or medical condition or take medication.”; and (ii) “Natural form” means dried, cut, and sifted Kratom leaf or raw Kratom leaf powder.
Now the bill goes back to the Senate for confirmation, where we are told there will be no problems since conference committee has agreed to pass it. It’s very unlikely that the Senate will flip last second, post committee on this decision, but it is technically possible. It’s also worth mentioning that Yager, the anti-kratom Senator we’ve been battling throughout this session, signed a statement saying that he would vote in favor of the newly agreed upon amendment.
After it passes out of the Senate, it will then go to the Governor’s desk for signature. Once signed by the Governor, the bill will likely to go into effect in July.
A HUGE thanks to Melanie Hayes Victor, Cherity Brown Caldwell, The Botanical Education Alliance and the American Kratom Association for all of your tireless work on the ground in Tennessee. It’s thanks to you – and many others who sent emails, made numerous calls, and met with representatives – that we are on the verge on victory, finally, in the great state of Tennessee.