National Kratom Update: May 2018

By Chapman Action Network 5/22/18   New Kratom Laws: Kansas - VICTORY! Governor Colyer signed the amended SB 282 bill into law on Monday, May 14, keeping kratom legal and putting possession and sales restrictions in place for minors.   States with Pending Legislation: Louisiana - Another BAD “Study” Bill Nears Passage HR 177 is a resolution that requests the “Louisiana Department...
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Tennessee Kratom Advocates Move One Step Closer To Victory

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...
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TN and KS update

Kratom Legislative Update for Tennessee & Kansas – April 11, 2018

Tennessee: Successfully amended! Tennessee amended and passed House Bill 1832 with a 95 -1 vote on the House Floor on 4/9! The amendment to removed language that would have effectively made kratom illegal! NEXT STEPS: Now the Senate version of the bill (already amended) will soon be scheduled for a floor vote, hopefully by the end of this week. This is been a long hard road for Tennessee...
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Minnesota Kratom

UPDATE 3/22: Minnesota HF 3479 Has Been Amended to 18+, Ban Removed

UPDATE 3/22: HF 3479 was successfully amended by the Minnesota Public Safety Committee this morning, replacing the language that would have banned kratom with restrictions on possession and sales to minors. You can listen to audio from the hearing here, starting around the 33:00 minute mark. Thank you to the American Kratom Association for their on the ground lobbying efforts and all of the...
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Kansas Kratom

Kansas Update: Kratom ban REMOVED from SB 282

Senate Bill 282 has officially been amended with Kratom removed! SB 282 was amended by the Committee on Health and Human Services last week with all previous language relating to Kratom removed.   WHAT'S NEXT: SB 282 now moves to the House floor. If passed by the House, the bill will then head back to the Senate for a concurrence vote. If the Senate confirms, the bill then heads to the...
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Kratom Tennessee

Tennessee Update (3/14)

CORRECTED UPDATE as of 3/14: The House bill has been amended (all language mentioning kratom has been stripped) and passed out of the House Health committee and into theHouse Finance Ways & Means Committee. No word on when the bill will be scheduled. The Senate bill HAS YET TO BE AMENDED to reflect the House bill, although an amendment has been proposed by Rep. Pody. We are working to find...
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state by state kratom update

State by State Kratom Update – 3/6/2018

GEORGIA HR1160 was heard earlier today in the Georgia House Special Rules committee. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Dewayne Hill, testified before the committee in support of the bill. The hearing can be found here starting at the 34:00 minute mark. Rep. Hill mentioned that he’s been speaking with a local coroner who was informing him about the recent “deaths associated with kratom.”...
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Tennessee SB 2258 HB 1832 Update

Update (3/2/18) on Tennessee SB 2258 & HB 1832

UPDATE: 3/2/18 Speaker Beth Harwell has added her name to HB 1832 and has sent the following email out to folks who have asked her to amend to bill and strike all language related to banning kratom. It looks as though she is our #1 ally right now. Also worth noting that she is running for Governor, and clearly deserves our support on that front as well! In an interesting twist, SB 2258 has been...
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CDC claims kratom

CDC Claims Salmonella outbreak linked to Kratom

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning today recommending that people not consume kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella. This warning follows closely behind the FDA memo that attempts to prove that Kratom is an opioid through a fancy new 3D computer model they’ve created. Dr. David Kroll does a great job of debunking that claim in his recent Forbes...
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FDA Weaponizes ‘Opioid’ Label Against Kratom Consumers

David Kroll  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement on Tuesday afternoon from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, declaring that kratom, a southeast Asian herbal medicine, contains naturally occurring plant alkaloid chemicals that are predicted by unpublished computer models to be opioids. The agency has also collected 44 fatal adverse reaction reports where kratom components...
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