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CURRENT STATES WITH PENDING LEGISLATION:

NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, KENTUCKY, ALABAMA, AND NEW HAMPSHIRE

Taking action, whether it is emailing, calling, or even driving to your state and local elected officials, is a right that every American has but few use. Stand up for your right to access the natural gifts that nature has provided us and contact these individuals TODAY to let them know you DO NOT want Kratom banned. In this way we can continue to study this plant’s amazing benefits that scores of scientific and clinical studies have already attested to. Please use the “FACTS” tab to access Kratom’s clinical research, scientific studies, and 101 Guide.

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO TAKE ACTION

 

Write a LETTER/EMAIL

Write your own letter describing how kratom benefits your life, how long it has benefited your life, and that you DO NOT want to see it made illegal. OR Please use our Advocates of Kratom Letter in PDF and Docx. Familiarize yourself with our “FACTS” tab that offers lots of factual information about kratom and its characteristics. Please remember to be courteous and respectful. Making your message clear and to the point will ensure its success.

 

Make a Phone Call

It is important to follow a few simple guidelines to make your phone call count. It is best to make your phone call close to the time of the vote or committee hearing. Let the official know if you wrote or emailed them prior to your call.

Count on the legislator not having very much time to talk so know EXACTLY what action you’d like them to take on the issue and state it as clearly as possible.

Identify yourself clearly and let them know how important the issue is to you. As a concerned voter you’d like Senator/Representative (Name) to know you support or oppose the bill in question.

 

Sometimes you may not get the legislator directly and may get an aide or secretary. If that’s the case ask for the aide that handles your issue and state your position on the matter clear and to the point.

   CURRENT ACTION ALERTS

 

ACTION: NEW YORK

In January 2015 New York introduced legislation that would effectively ban kratom at the state level. Assembly Bill A09068  (link) sponsored by Asm. Guillermo Linares [D], A08670 (link) sponsored by Asm. Aileen Gunther [D], and S06345 (link) sponsored by Sen. David Carlucci [D] .

Each bill must pass through committees in the New York State Assembly and the Senate before its passed into law. At the moment Bills A9068 & A8670 are in the Economic Development Committee and Bill S6345 is in the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. If the bills proceed through these committees they will then be voted on the Floor of both chambers via public roll call vote. They will be signed into law January 1, 2017 if they win a majority vote.

Bills similar to this one in New York have been stopped in other states and can be stopped here if we take action. There are several ways you can take action to ensure that Kratom remains free for all to use responsibly.

New York Kratom Bills

TO EMAIL ALL THE MEMBERS OF BOTH COMMITTEES AT ONCE COPY AND PASTE THIS LIST:

GuntheA@assembly.state.ny.us, SchimmR@assembly.state.ny.us,BarrettD@assembly.state.ny.us, barronc@assembly.state.ny.us,bichotter@assembly.state.ny.us, brindisia@assembly.state.ny.us,bronsonh@assembly.state.ny.us, ButlerM@assembly.state.ny.us,CahillK@assembly.state.ny.us, CrouchC@assembly.state.ny.us,CrouchC@assembly.state.ny.us, DavilaM@assembly.state.ny.us,DiPietroD@assembly.state.ny.us, GanttD@assembly.state.ny.us,JaffeeE@assembly.state.ny.us, jeanpierrek@assembly.state.ny.us,katzs@assembly.state.ny.us, linaresg@assembly.state.ny.us,LupardoD@assembly.state.ny.us, MagnarW@assembly.state.ny.us,mclaughlins@assembly.state.ny.us, RussellA@assembly.state.ny.us,simanowitzm@assembly.state.ny.us, SkartadosF@assembly.state.ny.us,StirpeA@assembly.state.ny.us, TediscJ@assembly.state.ny.us,WalkerL@assembly.state.ny.us, walterr@assembly.state.ny.us, amedore@nysenate.gov,bonacic@nysenate.gov, carlucci@nysenate.gov, Croci@nysenate.gov,hassellt@senate.state.ny.us, parker@nysenate.gov, ritchie@nysenate.gov

2) PHONE CALLS – CLICK ON EACH MEMBER LISTED AND CALL EACH OFFICE:

Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Membershttp://assembly.state.ny.us/comm/?sec=mem&id=11

Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

https://www.nysenate.gov/committees/alcoholism-and-drug-abuse

 

 

ACTION: ALABAMA 

On February 9, 2016 Alabama introduced HB175 which is sponsored by Rep. Mack Butler [R]. This is a controlled substances bill that aims to add Kratom to a list of scheduled synthetics. Lines 15-18 of the bill states the following: “This bill would add Mitragynine and Hydroxymitragynine, commonly known as Kratom or Vicazen, to Schedule I of the controlled substances list.” This bill is currently in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Please contact Rep. Butler and other House Members to let them know you DO NOT want Kratom banned. Kratom, an herb not a synthetic, is safe and is no more addicting than coffee or tea. Kratom is not an over the counter drug. It is an FDA regulated dietary supplement. These facts and YOUR personal testimonies need to be shared with the elected officials so please take action today. Use the Advocates of Kratom Letter or write your own and send to the committee email list below.

Alabama Kratom Bill

ACTION: NEW HAMPSHIRE

February 1, 2016 New Hampshire introduced SB540 which seeks to prohibit the possession, use, or sale of Kratom while also making it a Class B felony. It is sponsored by Sen. Martha Clark [D], Rep. Donald LeBrun [R], Rep. Thomas Sherman [D], Sen. Sharon Carson [R] Use the Adovacates of Kratom Letter or write your own and send to the committee email list below.

New Hampshire Kratom Bill

A hearing is scheduled for 02/16/2016, Room 101, Legislative Office Building, 02:30 pm; Senate Chamber. This is an important meeting where you can let your voice be heard! Please attend if possible. 

ACTION: KENTUCKY

SB136 was introduced by Sen. Whitney Westerfield [R] in the Kentucky State Senate Judiciary Committee in early February and has since passed through the Senate and is now in the House Judiciary Committee. This bill would place kratom in Schedule 1 and make possession of the plant a felony while simultaneously banning any legitimate research. This is unacceptable. Please take immediate action and contact the House thru this direct number 800-372-7181. You can also use the list below to call and email Kentucky officials. Let them know you want the amendment to SB136 struck from the bill!

Kentucky Kratom Bill

 


21 MAR 2014
| Place: Illinois | Result: AMENDMENT———-  —  ———-

ACTION: We went to Springfield, IL and met with lawmakers to share our 1-pager.  We were met with some very lucid questions, and did our best to answer all of them accurately and effectively.  The end result was our suggested amendment to HB 5526 that restricts sales of Kratom to those 18 and older.

29 MAR 2014 UPDATE: We received confirmation that the amendment was successfully added to the Illinois bill.  It still has a long way to go, as it’s barely made it out of the House of Representatives.  It still needs to make it through the Senate untouched, but we will be there monitoring the situation very closely, as we monitor every state with eagle eyes.

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11 FEB 2014 | Place: Oklahoma | Result: PENDING

ACTION: We tried to get into the hearing that was voting on HB 2666, but were denied access. The bill has a long way to go and we are currently pursuing other avenues to get this bill that miscategorizes Kratom as a “synthetic” stopped.

22 FEB 2014 UPDATE: We received confirmation that Kratom has been removed from the bill in OK, although it has not been voted on yet.  So, Kratom’s fate in Oklahoma still hangs in the balance.

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02 FEB 2014 | Place: Arizona | Result: VICTORY!

ACTION: We are the only Kratom Advocacy group who has actually hired a lobbyist who very lucidly explained our position to our representatives.  Kratom was subsequently removed from the bill that we support, which was criminalizing synthetic drugs.