Please send your unique message in the form above - Your legislators want to hear YOUR voice and YOUR story. Here is a sample letter (please DO NOT copy and paste; our efforts are more effective if they are individualized): I am writing in regards to HB 183 and its companion bill, SB 424, which are attempting to schedule the alkaloids of the herb Kratom, Mitragynine & 7-Hydroxymitragynine.
Kratom is a tropical plant in the coffee family from Southeast Asia that has been used to promote energy and support general health and vitality. Kratom is inherently safe and shares many therapeutic constituents with other widely recognized medicinal plants such as Cat’s Claw and Yohimbe, which currently enjoy widespread safe usage as dietary supplements in the United States and abroad.
In 2015, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released a 15 page paper titled Kratom – Mitragyna speciosa, The Impact on Florida, which concluded with this statement:
“Kratom does not currently constitute a significant risk to the safety of Florida residents. According to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), no pervasive health issues have been attributed to the ingestion of Kratom products in Florida. Diagnostic tests that would reveal the presence of Mitragynine are not routinely performed on patients during emergency room visits.”
Importantly, given the opioid outbreak that is currently impacting suburban America, Kratom has been shown to assist former opioid addicts as a natural remedy to help them abstain from opioid use.
On August 31st the DEA announced their intention to categorize Kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance but ended up withdrawing their Notice of Intent on October 13, 2016. Due to public outcry (23,000+ letters), multiple bipartisan Congressional letters co-signed by 51 House Representatives (29 Democrats and 22 Republicans) and 11 Senators (5 Democrats, 4 Republicans, and 2 Independents), and a plethora of studies stating Kratom’s potential health benefits from the scientific community, the DEA realized that Kratom was not an immediate threat to the public and for the first time in history removed the emergency scheduling.
In light of the above, I am asking that you please vote NO on HB 183 or SB 424.