The DEA is trying to make Kratom Schedule I using “emergency scheduling”, so that it will be illegal after September 30th.
Time is running out! Countdown until September 30th
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving to place the herbal supplement kratom on its list of Schedule I drugs, effectively banning a naturally occurring psychoactive substance that some say holds promise as a therapy for opioid addiction. The DEA this week, said it wants to include kratom in its most restrictive classification of drugs with high potential for abuse and no known medical benefit, signaling that the government considers the plant as dangerous as heroin. The scheduling move would last for two years, with a possible extension of an additional year, and would go into effect at the end of September.
See for yourself:
What is Kratom?
(from the American Kratom association) Kratom is a natural botanical native to tropical Southeast Asia that is part of the coffee family. It’s also known by its scientific name, Mitragyna speciosa. The people of Southeast Asia have used Kratom leaves as an herbal supplement and traditional remedy for hundreds of years. When taken in appropriate amounts, Kratom can provide increased energy, minor pain relief and many find relief from a variety of other mental and physical ailments. Today, people in the U.S. are consuming Kratom, as they do other herbal supplements and traditional remedies.
What You Can Do.
We cannot allow the DEA to continue using its authority to push these “emergency scheduling” orders unchecked. To make Kratom illegal would be another plant with obvious health and medical benefits the public is denied access to. The pharmaceutical companies want to get Kratom out of the picture so they can continue to push their questionable and even deadly Pain Killers and anti-depressants to the public.
Time is running out, fortunately there are things that we can do in the meantime to try and stop this from happening.
Contact as many mass media outlets / hosts as you can and ask for their support.
- Call in to radio shows and bring up the Kratom ban, it is easier to get on air than you think.
- Ask public officials for support.
- Direct tweets to public figures and famous people asking for support.
- Relentlessly comment on the DEAs “we care about overdose rates” articfles it commonly releases.
- Tell everyone you know, ask them to sign the petition at least.
From the American Kratom Association: www.americankratom.org :
1. Sign the Petition to the White House – http://tinyurl.com/jk3crus and make sure to confirm your email from the petition. Only Sign ONE time.
2. Join us for a March on the White House, Tuesday September 13!
We are co-sponsoring a peaceful protest/march at the White House. Please attend and share the event with your friends and family.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/KratomMarchDC/
3. Contact Your Congressperson (see letter template)
Find yours here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
4. Contact Your Senator (see letter template)
Find yours here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
5. Email the Assistant Secretary of Health
E-mail Karen B. DeSalvo, the Assistant Secretary of Health. E-mails and letters must be documented by all federal agencies for proof, phone calls are effective, but aren’t documented in the same way. Please send any information you have from doctors, nurses, researchers, or papers from PubMed.
6. Call the DEA
Call 202-307-1000 and ask for Melvin Patterson. Press #4 to share your story.
7. Donate to the American Kratom Association and buy a shirt!
We must raise an unprecedented amount of money to pay for our legal team, a public relations firm, lobbyists, scientists and more, but we also must raise money to keep our organization running if the ban goes into place so that we keep our doors open and work to reverse it. https://americankratomassociation.nationbuilder.com/donate or http://www.iamkratom.com/ for t-shirts. Click on AKA Fashions as we have more options available.
8. Share this AKA Fact Sheet
Share the AKA Fact Sheet: http://www.americankratom.org/aka_fact_sheet
Send these documents/link to journalist, legislators, law enforcement, friends and family so hopefully we can educate everybody including those higher up to better understand where Kratom stands as a medicinal herb.
9. Join the Facebook and the #iamkratom photo campaign
It’s about time that the Kratom community exercises our rights and voices all our concerns. No time to play nice. We want to put the spotlight on the suspicious behavior that we’ve ALL felt surrounding the “emergency scheduling” of Kratom.
Here’s where the Whistle-blowing comes in
The DEA has long been fueling the increasingly futile and pointless War on Drugs. Banning Kratom is just another path that the DEA are carving out that will inevitably make things worse for all Americans.
So here’s what we need to do:
Here it is:
1. Use our Letter Template to Contact Chairman Chaffetz
Copy our pre-made letter —> click HERE
2. Send under “Details” to the Government Whistleblower link
Add our letter and any other points of your own under the “Details’ section of the Whistleblower LINK
Our letter is effectively requesting the DEA for a delay on the Emergency Scheduling of Kratom. Because despite all of the factual evidence, the DEA still seems to be willfully ignorant of the ramifications that this ban will have, not just on the Kratom community but on the War on Drugs and all Americans.
Do you use Kratom? Let everyone know how this awesome natural supplement benefits you in the comments below.
Also please let us know in the comments below if you have any other suggestions on what we can do to stop this move by the DEA.