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AKA Rules of the Road to Permanent Legality


AKA Rules of the Road to Permanent Legality

The American Kratom Association was launched on Facebook and so much of our work is done there, especially while our website undergoes a major, exciting overhaul. Doing advocacy work on Facebook has its good points and its bad. Lately, we've had some "people" who are obviously Trolls, there only to create drama and waste the time of everyone who gets involved defending us and our work.

If they have already been booted out of the AKA closed group because of argumentative and other time-wasting, negative activities, they just find another Kratom audience and start talking smack about our organization and the people involved. It is near impossible to sit back and watch people we know working so hard for us all be attacked, troll or not. But sometimes we have to, to focus and get our work done.

Some people think that risking Kratom potentially being banned is worth tearing down the people doing the most work to save it. My guess is they are suspicious of the AKA since we’re still new and the idea of a non-profit working so hard to fight for something vendors make millions off of, or they are trying to "corner the market" and become the face of Kratom, the Go-to Guy or Gal.

Maybe they’re even working for the opposition, purposefully trying to distract us from our mission.

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A Warning to Vendors


A Warning to Vendors

I need to talk to Kratom vendors, large and small today. I must warn vendors and importers that the FDA in some regions has been seizing Kratom from very conscientious vendors who have merely posted a link to one of my articles on their web site.

When I call these vendors conscientious, I refer to their reading of the FDA rules and regulations and, in some cases, even hiring the top consultants to help them do their business the way the FDA will allow. This doesn't seem to be enough to please the FDA.

The problem is an extension of the FDA's efforts to restrict the freedom of speech on vendors. This makes it hard for vendors to properly educate their customers, especially newbies who can't understand why there is no dosing information, etc., on your web sites where you sell the herb. This, of course, is protecting the monopoly that has been granted to the pharmaceutical industry.

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Will Kentucky Mistake a Gift Horse for a Trojan Horse?


Kentucky mistakes a gift horse for a Trojan Horse

Appalachia (Kentucky in particular) has an addiction problem. The lack of jobs and abundance of opioids have teamed up to create the nation's highest rate of acute Hepatitis C infection. Now the state seems to be gearing up to ban Kratom.

It is the fear of terrible withdrawal experience that often leads addicts to find any way to continue using opiates rather than quit them, which many would love to do. Kratom makes it possible to quit opiates with virtually no withdrawal and at little expense.

Paradoxically, Kratom Is Nature's Solution to Kentucky's Addiction Epidemic

Kratom has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia, where it grows both wild and cultivated, to ease the withdrawal from opium and heroin. Oddly, the government of Thailand banned the Kratom trees in 1943 because Kratom was reducing the opium addiction there, thus cutting the Thai government's tax revenue.

Once again, Kratom cuts into someone's revenue and an emotional plea goes out across the airwaves, "Save our children from this foreign peril!"

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Let's End the War On Human Nature


Let's End the War On Human Nature

Something I noticed this morning that makes no sense is this: The DEA, FDA, and lawmakers do not look at the vast majority of Kratom consumers, who cause no trouble at all and are virtually invisible from an enforcement standpoint. These people, who I conservatively estimate number 3 million, use the herb for pain, overcoming addiction to far more dangerous drugs, and for a variety of other health reasons.

Instead, lawmakers and regulatory agencies focus on the relatively small number of those who abuse and over-use Kratom -- often in combination with other drugs and chemicals. When these folks have a problem, lawmakers blame the herb itself -- not the fact that it is being misused by this small segment of multi-drug abusers.

Nevertheless, the DEA and the FDA approach Kratom as if it is an unregulated "drug" and must prove itself innocent, at great cost to those who wish to sell it. This cost, if it is forced on the vendors and importers of Kratom, must be passed along to the consumers, which will make Kratom unaffordable for many who need it the most -- the disabled medical consumers, for whom nothing works as well.

I will argue that treating this miraculous herb as if it is a threat to our health until proven otherwise is a baseless accusation. It is the wrong way to look at this situation.

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Kratom Accused of Causing Another Suicide


Kratom accused of causing another suicide

Does Kratom Cause Suicide or Prevent It?

The last time Kratom was accused of causing another young man in his 20s to commit suicide, there were other legally prescribed drugs involved. Two of them had suicide warnings, listed among the side-effects. A coroner, who reviewed the medical literature on Kratom, declared that Kratom was not at fault.

Now, Kratom is again accused, but this time, the media is rushing to pass judgement -- even before the medical examiner has completed the toxicology report.

Most of the people who are familiar with Kratom would probably laugh at the notion that this herb, which has known antidepressant activity, could be suggested as the cause of a young man's recent suicide. This is the second suicide where a mother has blamed her son's death on his addiction to Kratom -- another questionable topic I'll take up in a future blog.

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Kratom and the Future of Drug Rehab Centers


Kratom and the Future of Drug Rehabilitation Centers

The 12-Step organizations that handle -- or should I say try to handle -- alcoholics and drug addicts with an amazing lack of success are forgetting their roots. They are, as you probably know, almost universally down on Kratom -- although this is slowly beginning to change among the more open-minded business owners.

One of the most vocal anti-Kratom forces is the recovery community which mistakes former drug addicts' use of Kratom as a form of backsliding.

In drug-facilitated recovery centers and walk-in clinics, Kratom is hated for the same reason -- and yet, they place their patients on drugs like suboxone and methadone, that are much harder to quit than heroin itself.

What Kind of "Recovery" Is That?

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Educating the Public About Kratom


Educating the public about Kratom

It's a new week, and we have new fires to fight, new problems to solve -- and new friends to win to our cause -- to keep Kratom legal and affordable in all 50 states of the USA.

Just last night we had a new incident pop up on the TV news, this time from Georgia. A young college junior took his life with a .45 automatic in a gas station. His parents are blaming Kratom, but we are finding evidence that other substances are involved. (More on this as the story develops.)

Ultimately, we are fighting for our freedom to use an herb. That's all. This is something I think the Founding Fathers of our country would find ludicrous, but this is what we're doing. If we don't speak up for our rights, we will lose them.

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We're Looking For A Community Moderator


We're looking for a community moderator

Hello Kratom Lovers!!!

The Community Moderator will ensure the online community is a safe, engaging, and active place to learn and share information on Kratom. This person will navigate a web of multiple personalities and conversations to maintain a high quality experience for our Kratom Community. He/She will rely on personal experience with social networks and online communities to understand user behavior and respond appropriately. A strong predictor of success for the Community Moderator is the ability to problem solve, research useful information on Kratom and communicate clearly.

This is a full time role. We are looking for excited individuals to work.

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Kratom Faces a New Challenge in New Jersey


Kratom Faces a New Challenge in New Jersey

Kratom faces another new state regulation and possible ban in New Jersey. State Assemblyman Ron Dancer is slated to introduce legislation that would prohibit the sale, possession and use of Kratom.

It seems likely that Assemblyman Dancer doesn't understand the vast difference between Kratom plants that are pure and naturally occurring; and Kratom that has been adulterated with synthetic compounds (we'll call this spiked Kratom). Though relatively rare, spiked Kratom is sadly and most often marketed as "legal highs," causing all this confusion and we would like to see these taken off the market as much as he does.

When Dancer says his legislation is intended to "help prevent another drug crisis like the current heroin epidemic in Monmouth and Ocean counties," he must be referring to something other than the Kratom tree. Kratom, as we know, is sought most by people seeking it for its medicinal benefits, not a "legal high."

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More Good News for Kratom


More Good News for Kratom

Kratom News for the Week

Kratom is off the DEA "Hit list": "Drugs and Chemicals of Concern". (We have verified this with a regional DEA agent.) Hurray!

The head of the DEA, Michele Leonhart, is resigning due to embarassment over some DEA agents partying with Colombian drug magnates and teenage hookers. We will be watching when a new Director of the DEA is appointed, and working to continue the growth in the DEA's understanding of kratom.

Things are looking up for kratom in Florida. We're looking good in Louisiana, too...

We had a quick success on Monday of this week (April 27th), when a hasty email campaign prevented kratom from being banned in Louisiana. The state representatives even thanked us for helping them to understand the good that kratom is doing in their state. (More on this spectacular turnaround in next week's blog.)

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