It has been a busy few months as far as kratom legislation is concerned. We saw 6 states pre-file legislation in order to make kratom illegal. We’ll walk you through these one-by-one and give you the breakdown as to what is happening and where.
Earlier in February we spotted a bill that had been prefiled by Louisiana Representative J. Kevin Pearson in an effort to ban kratom. Louisiana House Bill No. 19 proposed to add Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine pseudoindoxyl to Schedule I of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law. If this bill passes as is, kratom would be classified in the same category and carry similar penalties as Heroin, LSD, DMT, PCP, and others.
This bill came as a bit of a surprise due to the fact that during the 2012 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session, kratom was made legal for sale to persons 18 years of age or older. This victory was contributed to many supporters of kratom contacting your state representatives and properly educating them about kratom’s beneficial properties and dispelling bad information.
As of today, the House Criminal Justice Committee isn’t scheduled to meet this week. It’s highly unlikely that the law would be able to pass both the House and the Senate and make it to the governor’s desk before the Legislative Session ends. The 2014 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session adjourns at 6:00pm on June 2nd, 2014.
The proposed filing can be viewed here: http://legiscan.com/LA/bill/HB19/2014
On February 13th, lawmakers in Illinois filed a bill that would make kratom and any parts of the plant illegal. The proposed law would have amended the Illinois Controlled Substances Act and would have put kratom on the Schedule I controlled substances list.
As of today, Illinois House Bill 5526 currently has passed both the House and Senate, but in an amended form. The new bill creates the Kratom Control Act. The Kratom Control Act essentially states that any kratom product cannot be sold to or possessed by minors under the age of 18. This is considered a victory in the world of kratom enthusiasts and we hope that other states will follow similar paths.
The proposed filing can be viewed here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=5526&GAID=12&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=&SessionID=85&SpecSess=&Session=&GA=98
On January 30, 2014, Representative Eddie Farnsworth introduced a bill into the Arizona 2nd Regular Legislative Session that proposed to add many synthetic compounds to the state’s banned substances list. Also on that list was mitragynine and hydroxymitragynine, the active alkaloids of the kratom plant. Inclusion of these alkaloids would have labeled the alkaloids as “narcotic drugs”, therefore rendering the plant illegal in the State of Arizona.
On February 6th, only 7 days after the initial reading of Arizona House Bill 2453 in the House. The House Judiciary Committee, to which the bill was assigned to for further deliberation, decided to amend the proposed bill and strike the lines containing “mitragynine” and “hydroxymitragynine”. What we found surprising is that Rep. Farnsworth, who was the original author of the proposed bill, is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. We can only assume that after many kratom enthusiasts showed their support for the plant and their disapproval of the proposed bill, that the feedback was enough to sway the legislators minds about banning this plant.
The bill continued as normal through the legislative process and was eventually signed by the Governor of Arizona on April 15, 2014…without the inclusion of kratom. Victory!
The entire history and final draft of the bill can be viewed here: http://legiscan.com/AZ/bill/HB2453/2014
Oklahoma has followed a similar path to Arizona with it’s legislation. On January 15th, legislation was introduced by Rep. David Derby, Sen. Rob Standridge, and Rep. John Bennett that would have added mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragyine to Schedule I of the Controlled Banned Substances List. This law would have essentially lumped kratom into the same category as heroin and PCP.
On February 13th, an amendment to the bill was proposed and accepted by unanimous vote to remove kratom from the list. The bill continued along the legislative process and was signed by Oklahoma’s Governor on April 25, 2014.
Like Arizona, we can only assume that after support from kratom enthusiasts via petitions and letters to the legislators, that your direct feedback was enough to sway their minds about banning this plant.
The entire history and final draft of the bill can be viewed here: http://legiscan.com/OK/bill/HB2666/2014
We are sorry to report that kratom in Wisconsin is now classified as a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance under 2013 Wisconsin Act 351.
This law started out as Wisconsin Senate Bill 325 back in October of 2013. It was originally sponsored by a slew of legislators and made steady progress through the legislative process.
On April 22nd, 2014 a final bill was presented to the Governor for approval. The Governor signed Senate Bill 325 into law on April 24th thus creating the 2013 Wisconsin Act 351.
In light of this new law, we can not and will not be processing any orders or shipping any kratom-related products to the State of Wisconsin. However, we want encourage you to continue to contact your local lawmakers regarding 2013 Wisconsin Act 351 and educate them about the benefits of the kratom plant and that they have made a mistake.
The current law can be viewed here: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/acts/351
Iowa House Study Bill 640 was introduced on February 24th, 2014 proposing “to add the hallucinogenic substance kratom to the list of schedule I controlled substances, and providing penalties”.
After review by a subcomittee, HSB 640 is now known as Iowa House File 2355 and has been placed on the legislative calendar. This proposed bill is still in it’s infancy and hasn’t had any movement since March 14th when it was referred to the Public Safety committee.
Just as we’ve seen in many other states, writing your state legislators works. Please start voicing your concerns regarding Iowa House File 2355.
The proposed filing can be viewed: http://legiscan.com/IA/bill/HF2355