A second bill has been filed in the Florida senate that could potentially change the legal status of kratom. Last week, Representative Kristin Jacobs introduced a similar bill in the House that would make kratom a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance.
This week, Florida state Representative Greg Evers filed a bill in the Florida state senate that is essentially the same bill that Representative Jacobs filed in the house a week ago. If you live in the state of Florida, we encourage you to write your state representatives to let them know about the helpful benefits of the kratom plant.
A copy of the filed senate bill can be viewed here: Florida Senate Bill 764
Florida House Bill 287, proposed by freshman lawmaker Representative Kristin Jacobs, was filed on January 15, 2015.
The bill proposes to add kratom to Florida’s Controlled Dangerous Substances List under the designation of Schedule I, the most severe of classifications. If this bill shall pass and get the governor’s approval, it would lump it in with substances such as heroin and LSD.
We are encouraging everyone in Florida to contact their state representative and let them know that kratom is a helpful herb, NOT a dangerous drug. We will be following this bill closely and will report any changes.
The proposed filing can be viewed here: Florida House Bill 287 (PDF)
On February 13th, Lawmakers in Illinois prefiled a bill that would make kratom and any parts of the plant illegal. The proposed law would amend the Illinois Controlled Substances Act and make kratom a Schedule I controlled substance.
As always, we encourage you to contact your state representatives and let them know that kratom is a helpful herb… NOT a dangerous drug.
The proposed filing can be viewed here: http://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB5526/2013
Today, we happened to stumble across a bill that was introduced by Louisiana Representative J. Kevin Pearson in an effort to ban kratom. Louisiana House Bill No. 19 proposes to add Mitragynine, 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.
During the 2012 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session, State Representative A.G. Crowe sponsored a similar bill to outlaw kratom. Due to strong support from the kratom community, Louisiana Senators were properly educated about kratom and it’s beneficial properties. They amended the bill to allow the sale of kratom to persons 18 years of age or older. Governor Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law on May 31st, 2012.
The 2014 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session convenes at 12:00pm (noon) on March 10, 2014. We will be watching the progress of this bill very closely over the next couple of months and will keep everyone posted.
A petition has been started at Change.org. We encourage everyone to please sign the petition. We also ask that you write Louisiana Representative J. Kevin Pearson regarding Louisiana House Bill 19.
We have just received word that Wisconsin currently has proposed legislation to ban kratom. Sections 30 & 31 of Wisconsin Assembly Bill 406 specifically mention mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine as substances to be outlawed. If you’re a Wisconsin resident, we urge you to write your local state representatives regarding this bill.
You can view and read the proposed legislation here.
We will continue allow the sales and shipments of any kratom-based products unless the bill is passed into law.
If you know of an area trying to ban Kratom, please keep us informed so we can pass on the message.