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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18626

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A source just wrote me this about maine:

"I'll try to summarize as best I can. Basically, when legislation for K came up on Maine the AKA told the owners of TBSC that they could not pay for a lobbyist because they already got lobbyists to fight legislation in NJ and FL and just didn't have the money. So Veronica and Norman footed the $15k bill. Then people who were present at the sessions on FL and NJ said that not only were there no lobbyists there, the AKA didn't even show up at all in any capacity. Now there is a large portion of the community wondering where the $1m+ a year in donations is going and calling for transparency. Many vendors have suspended donations (at least until we get to the bottom of this.) "


Holy cow!! This one is a doozy!
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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18627

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know nothing about AKA other than controversial opinions about them.
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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18638

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I know Susan Ash posted that she was going to go to Portland, Maine but after kratom was removed from the bill she said didn't need to go.
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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18676

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The rumors about the AKA are not true per a representative of the AKA (although the Maine issue was not specifically addresssed). The end result is the important thing, Joe doesn't need to move and kratom is legal in Maine! Thanks God.

Vendors have not suspended donations and the donations continued even during an investigation with regard to non-profit organization tax compliance and the AKA was briefly out of compliance and has corrected the matter.

The real story about ACTUAL issues with the AKA and the IRS and other actual truth is provided on the AKA Facebook page. Check it out to see Susan's letter about her changing role within the AKA.

Also, Susan has been invited to speak at a Drug Policy Alliance world conference on policy proposals in Atlanta in October. 1500 policy makers and doctors will be there from around the world.
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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18721

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The trouble here is that you have chosen a second-hand source of info.

In the future, Re-Leaf, please contact pete.candland@americankratom - dot - org to get the real scoop on what happened before spreading rumors and inaccurate information. Pete is the AKA's Executive Director and will be happy to explain what actually went on.

Laurie has done a good job in clarifying things in her last comment, but -- in the future -- please contact Pete. Thanks.
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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18739

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... I think my search for the truth by asking the community was the wrong route. It obviously touched a sore topic. I apologize if I offended anyone ... I thought this would be a great spot to discuss it. I guess I was wrong. I will email your source in the future. I don't want to spread rumors by asking questions.

A pr person would be good in this situation. So you and I, or anyone else
involved in this particular post, wasnt offended at all.


Maybe... Just ask someone willing to spread truthful updates I'm here so this wouldn't happen. Someone can easily post updates on situations like this. It wouldn't have had either of us look like anything negative Was being portrayed.

Finding out the answer to such an incredibly claim by a response like yours was definitely not the expectation of my post. At all.

I truly appreciate such a prompt appropriate response to my inquiry. I should have had that email in my contacts already. My fault. I guess I won't have that problem anymore.


Looks like we all learned a little something here. I sure did.
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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18745

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Frankly I read all about it on my other forum but 1. Feel awful and 2 the reports were very detailed and at great length. I don't know how to copy and paste Knew it was not true but could not reply in intelligent matter is why I deleted my post saying it was not true. And I'd upset Laurie a bit telling her I'd read that was not the way stem & vein was used according to much info elsewhere. I'm
In pain and w/d so decided you would find out and didn't want to upset anyone else. Thanks Paul we all learned something here !!! AppreciAte you very much.
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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18746

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It's not about being offended. This is about not spreading rumors that an anonymous "source" gave you, before you check them out at the source. The damage rumors like this can do to the leading consumer nonprofit's ability to defend kratom from the DEA is what's at stake here.

The AKA was represented in FL and NY (not NJ, which did not have a ban proposed this year) by lobbyists. Lobbyists work in the background and, in these two states, their work was so successful the bills were not even discussed or voted on by the committees set to hear them!

I've been asked not to talk about this, but to refer those sincerely interested to talk with Pete Candland the AKA's Executive Director.
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Trouble in Paradise? The AKA is being questioned. We need answers! 4 months 3 weeks ago #18747

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Responding closed the door on any questions for now. Which you did. No more questions now.

This is something to look into. It deserves a written account given to everyone based on facts. I will contact Pete for information regarding my article. Considering the rumor I was spreading, I owe it to my community to get the facts right.

I live in Maine so I will contact TBSC about it as well.

If you want to add any information regarding these rumors please call me or email me. But, now I see that I need to help bring an unbias vantage point to these rumors. I was being very immature and now I must redeem myself. I am truly apologetic and I hope you accept my apology.
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