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WHO To Decline Banning Kratom Globally

WHO To Decline Banning Kratom - GLAKratom

World Health Organization Reports Insufficient Data to Schedule Kratom Globally

The Kratom industry in the United States has remained under a constant threat of a ban since the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced its intent to perform an emergency scheduling of the plant in 2016.

Fortunately, the agency halted those plans after an uproar from the public. Still, other federal agencies continued to push against Kratom behind the scenes. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent documents to the DEA a year later recommending a ban. When the information was made public, the HHS backtracked. But one of its arms in the department, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), continued with outspoken support for a federal ban.

Both Kratom advocates and the scientific community have worked continuously to thwart the FDA’s ill-intentioned plans. But the fight continues outside of our nation’s borders, too. Recently, reports indicated the FDA was pressuring the Indonesian government to ban the plant in its country. Since Indonesia supplies approximately 95% of Kratom globally, it was a way to circumvent the failed prohibitions here at home. The ban was supposed to go into effect in 2022. But luckily, Indonesian government officials heeded the advice of the scientific community. They pushed the Indonesian kratom ban back until 2024.

However, a more ominous threat of global legislation materialized in 2021. 

The United Nations and International Drug Laws

No government holds more sway than the United Nations (UN) on an international scale. The intergovernmental organization includes 193 member states from around the world. And the UN was responsible for creating three treaties that govern international drug laws. However, there’s a process to schedule a drug under UN conventions. First, the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN agency tasked with promoting international public health, must convene a group of independent specialists to assess the dangers of a substance. And only through their recommendation can the UN move forward with illicit drug classification.

Regularly, the WHO brings together a group of medical and pharmaceutical specialists to act as experts for substance reviews. This independent group of experts takes the time to assess all the information brought before them by government agencies, researchers in the field, and participants of oral presentations during the Information Session. Each Committee member looks for evidence of physical dependence, abuse potential, and therapeutic applications for substances under review. Afterward, they vote whether to recommend them for scheduling as drugs in compliance with the international conventions of the UN.

Together, these members become part of an Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD). Throughout the years, there have been 44 ECDDs. And the 44th ECDD was tasked with discussing a possible review and ban of the Kratom plant.

The 44th Expert Committee on Drug Dependence

The twelve members of the 44th ECDD met on October 11th-15th of 2021 to perform a critical review of five chemical compounds: a synthetic cannabinoid, two synthetic opioids, and a couple of manufactured stimulants. And only three of them received recommendations for scheduling.

However, the ECDD also performed a pre-review of Kratom.

That’s the reason Kratom advocates were worried about this Committee. It had the power to place Kratom on the chopping block through a negative recommendation.

The experts scoured through all the scientific information for proof that Kratom was a threat to society. Instead, the scientific consensus of the research indicated the opposite. So, in the end, no significant evidence existed for them to judge Kratom as dangerous.

The Committee concluded that an international Kratom ban is unwarranted with the available data. Those experts felt that it was best for all nations to continue monitoring further scientific research and let scientists uncover more information about the plant. They felt the medical community could provide them with more answers in two or three years.  

WHO Expert Committee’s Findings on Kratom

According to the 44th ECDD Summary assessments provided by the WHO, the Committee investigated the two primary alkaloids of Kratom— Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine for the likelihood of abuse and toxicity.

On abuse potential, the experts stated the evidence was inconclusive. In animal models, animals did not self-administer mitragynine, indicating the lack of an addictive property. However, experiments with 7-hydroxymitragynine resulted in animals self-administering the compound. That supports it does have abuse potential. Still, that compound is in limited concentration. So the abuse potential becomes a moot point. 

They indicated in the report that Kratom acts as a partial mu-opioid receptor agonist and has analgesic effects. But they noted Kratom also affects other receptors in our brains—adrenergic, serotonergic, and dopamine.

Scientific research indicates Kratom has more uses than discomfort reduction. The Committee said Kratom has antidepressant and antipsychotic properties, too.

But they acknowledged some adverse effects are also associated with Kratom.

As for the toxicity of Kratom, the experts report high serving sizes can cause adverse effects in users. Luckily, the adverse cases are relatively low compared to the number of Kratom consumers. The Committee stated almost all the overdose claims against Kratom found other substances in the toxicology reports of the deceased.

The 44th ECDD Rules Against an International Kratom Ban

After considering the information, the 44th ECDD struck down the need for a critical review. Insufficient evidence was the reason. The ruling was almost unanimous. Only one of the experts voted to push forward with a recommendation, which suggests the case is closed in the foreseeable future.

However, the experts did state more scientific research is needed. The Committee recommended that Kratom, mitragynine, and 7-hydroxymitragynine remain under surveillance by the WHO Secretariat. It functions as the executive branch of the United Nations. The Secretariat is powerless to ever commence with a future ban. Global scheduling of Kratom needs the recommendation of an Expert Committee first. So, it’s more of a customary request than an actual technical one.

There will be no UN Kratom legislation anytime soon. And it should stay that way if the scientific research keeps supporting Kratom is relatively safe to use. Luckily for Kratom consumers, we have science on our side.

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Is Kratom Legal in Colorado?

Welcome to Colorado, home to the only place in America where the corners of four states meet, the world’s largest flat-top mountain, and the location of the highest city in the U.S sitting at over 10,000 feet high!

Is Kratom Legal in Colorado?

To answer this question right away, kratom is legal in the state of Colorado, except for the towns of Monument and Parker. On top of that the city of Denver, Colorado has restricted the use of kratom for human consumption. You may still purchase or sell it, as long as you label it correctly, with no advice on how or why to use it.

In 2017, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment restricted the distribution and possession of kratom for human consumption within Denver City. They’ve stated that the deaths associated with kratom was the reason for that, however the deaths they’ve associated with kratom was not due to kratom in itself, there were many other causes and substances involved in these cases.

However, as a result, kratom packaging needs to be labeled accordingly. They’ve stated that labeling needs to include information about how it’s not intended for human consumption. Distributors must also list the potential dangers associated with possible kratom use. This gives a bad impression on kratom, making it appear on the same scale as alcohol and other drugs.

There were debates regarding the restrictions on kratom, stemming from the Libertarian party of Colorado publicly criticizing the government and speaking in favor of Kratom.

In 2019, both Monument and Parker decided to ban kratom sales within their towns.

Where to Buy Kratom in Colorado?

You can find many local herb, vape, head shops and even gas stations selling kratom in most cities of Colorado.

However, we recommend that you carefully decide where to purchase your kratom. 

While these may be quick and more convenient ways of purchasing kratom, there are quite a few benefits of buying kratom online.

Gas stations and headshops don’t specialize in just kratom powders, so their inventory tends to sit around on the shelf, causing the powder to become an off tint of green or even brown in bad scenarios. This hurts the potency and taste of all kratom powders.

Online kratom vendors, especially shops like us, import kratom from the source which tends to be considerably higher-quality along with coming at a cheaper price. There are fewer people and steps involved in the process, keeping kratom more fresh when the buyer finally opens the bag.

On top of that, we here at GLAKratom are from Missouri, a state that fully supports and enacted the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. So you’ll be guaranteed to get a clean, unadulterated product that’s fresh and potent.

If you?d like to see a map of the U.S. kratom legalities, as well as more detailed information on whether kratom is legal in your state, please refer to this blog post.

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Is Kratom Legal in Connecticut?

Welcome to Connecticut, home of the first telephone book that contained only fifty names, and the first newspaper company in the U.S. “The Hartford Courant.”

Is Kratom Legal in Connecticut?

Thankfully, Kratom is entirely legal in the Constitution State. Residents of Connecticut who’ve decided to brew a cup of kratom tea or mix up some powder, they’re completely able to do so without any possible issues with legality. So far there’s been no legislative action that includes kratom or any of it’s alkaloids As of October 2020, no bills are currently pending to ban kratom in Connecticut, meaning it’s legal to purchase, and consume this natural substance.

Where Can I Buy Kratom in Connecticut?

It’s super simple to find kratom in this state, you can find it in smoke shops, gas stations and many corner stores. From what we see, Bridgeport is the go to location to find kratom.

While you can find Kratom powder all over the state, we recommend you carefully do your research on where to purchase kratom. While it’s more convenient to purchase your kratom at a local shop, we recommend looking for a reputable online distributor.

Gas stations/headshops don’t specialize in kratom powder and only kratom powder, so their inventory can easily sit on the shelf for weeks if not months. This causes the powder to change color to a more brownish tint, hurting the potency and taste of kratom.

Online Kratom vendors, including us, tend to import kratom from the source leading to a considerably higher quality along with a cheaper price point. There are less people and steps involved in this process, keeping kratom more fresh when the buyer gets to open their bag.

On top of this all, we here at GLAKratom are from Missouri, a state that fully supports and enacted the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. So you’ll be guaranteed to get a clean, unadulterated product that’s fresh and potent.

If you’d like to see a map of the U.S. kratom legalities, as well as more detailed information on whether kratom is legal in your state, please refer to this blog post.

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Is Kratom Legal in Delaware?

Welcome to Delaware, one of the original 13 colonies and the first state to actually ratify the US Constitution. It’s home to three state forests, and the soil is perfect for farming. It received it’s name after the Delaware river, which was named in honor or Sir Thomas West, who was the ruling governor of the colony of Virginia when Europeans had first explored the river.

Is Kratom Legal in Delaware?

As of October, 2020, Kratom is completely legal in the state of Delaware. Considering the state’s motto is Liberty and Independence, lawmakers have held to these standards when it comes to kratom. There’s not once, been any legislation put into action against Mitragyna Speciosa. This is great, seeing as there appears to be no threat in the future of kratom powder.

Where to Buy Kratom in Delaware?

There are very few locations in Delaware that actually sell kratom powder or capsules in the state. This can cause quite the issue if one of these shops aren’t near you. With this in mind, we recommend purchasing your kratom powder online from a reputable kratom distributor.

Online kratom vendors, especially shops like us, import kratom from the source which tends to be considerably higher-quality along with coming at a cheaper price. There are fewer people and steps involved in the process, keeping kratom more fresh when the buyer finally opens the bag.

On top of that, we here at GLAKratom are from Missouri, a state that fully supports and enacted the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. So you’ll be guaranteed to get a clean, unadulterated product that’s fresh and potent.

If you’d like to see a map of the U.S. kratom legalities, as well as more detailed information on whether kratom is legal in your state, please refer to this blog post.

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Kratom leaves soon to be legal in Thailand? by GLAKratom

This last week, Justice Minister of Thailand, Somsak Thapsutin announced that his ministry is not longer taking kratom into consideration as a narcotic. He has plans to legalize this plant that has been used traditionally since 1836 in Malaysia, and in Thailand in the 19th century for opiate substitutes.

Quoting The Nation/Asia News Network

“Justice Minister, Somsak Thapsutin said on Wednesday (December 11) that his ministry would propose new laws related to narcotics in terms of type and legal penalty, and aimed to exclude kratom leaves from the drug lists.”

“To consider plants or chemicals as narcotics, the government referred to World Health Organisation (WHO)’s drug regulatory framework, which defined narcotics as having four characteristics,” he explained.

First, narcotics must cause effects on the users’ body like anxiety or severe dysentery, when they stop using them.

The properties of a narcotic, coming from This Article, state that substances with close to no medicinal use, will cause severe withdrawal, severe health problems such as emaciation, nervousness, emaciation, and the ability to no longer control themselves, also while having a negative impact on societies.

“Kratom leaves do not match those characteristics,” said the minister. “Those who use them can stop using it easily, and the leaves can be used as herb to relieve pain, fever, dysentery, or diarrhea. Also, it is better than morphine thirteen times in killing pain, and has a few disadvantages.

December 14th, the Bangkok Post quoted Thapsutin saying,

“I will proceed with this project as soon as possible, because this [legalizing kratom] will truly benefit society.”

Thai farmers and kratom consumers worldwide have reasons to be optimistic. This sensible measure could eventually open up another market for kratom production.

Currently, kratom consumers rely on legal kratom production in Indonesia almost exclusively. Though this is a lucrative market for Indonesia?s farmers, the Ministry of Health ordered a formal ban last year, giving kratom farmers a 5 year transition period. Other Indonesian government officials disagreed and pledged to fight the ban, as Mac Haddow explained in a July 1, 2019 AKA post. Haddow continues to meet with Indonesian officials in an effort to keep kratom legal there.

Get all your Kratom news here at GLAKratom.com

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Is Kratom Legal in Arizona?

Welcome to Arizona, home to the Grand Canyon, 22 national parks and monuments, plus the Arizona Trail, which is 800 miles long!

Is Kratom Legal in Arizona?

To sum it all up, yes, Kratom is Legal in Arizona, as of 2020. In fact, the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey signed a bill in 2019 that regulated the sale of products containing kratom, becoming one of the few states that have taken on the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. In fact, to go even further Ducey wrote a letter to the Secretary of state, Katie Hobbs. Calling for the federal government to regulate the plant, stating, “I signed this bill because it takes a small but important step of prohibiting the sale of kratom to minors.”

Where to Buy Kratom in Arizona

Arizona natives and visitors can purchase kratom in tobacco/herb shops, even gas stations across all of the state. Most of them are located in Phoenix, but a you’ll still find kratom powder and products all over in Arizona.

In addition to that, however funny it sounds there are also some vending machines where customers can acquire kratom.

While these are quick, and very convenient ways of getting kratom, plus the implementation of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act would reduce or eliminate the risk of contamination, there are still certain benefits when customers buy kratom online.

Kratom from online stores especially shops who, like us, import kratom from the source, tends to be considerably higher-quality and you tend to receive discounts. There are fewer people and steps involved in the process, so kratom is much more fresh when the buyer finally opens the bag.

Online vendors may also offer loyalty programs such as collecting points as well as regular discounts which can make buying kratom even more cost-efficient.

Not to mention, we here at GLAKratom are from Missouri, a state which fully supports and enacted the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, so you’ll receive the same guarantee as you would in any state with this bill.

If you?d like to see a map of the U.S. kratom legalities, as well as more detailed information on whether kratom is legal in your state, please refer to this blog post.

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Is Kratom Legal in California?

Welcome to California, known as the Golden State from the discovery of gold in 1848 along with the fields of golden poppies seen each Spring, home to the lowest AND highest points in the continental US. It’s also the third largest state after Alaska and Texas!

Is Kratom Legal in California?

Currently, Kratom is legal in the state of California, except for the city of San Diego. The San Diego City Council decided to ban kratom within their city limits in June of 2016. Anyone that’s within this ban, however hard it may be to not be able to have access to this plant, we recommend to not try to purchase, consume, or obtain kratom in any way. As this could put a bad reputation for users within areas it remains to be legal and give a reason to push for larger bans.

Along with the ban on Kratom, San Diego County also decided to ban substances that are known as synthetic and psychoactive drugs such as bath salts and spice. This puts the belief that kratom could also be a synthetic or psychoactive drug. Which is not the case at all, as it’s a natural grown herb.

Where to Buy Kratom in California?

There are quite a few smoke shops, herb shops, and gas stations you can find kratom at within California. With these options, it tends to be more convenient, but you can never know how long their product has sat on the shelf or if the kratom powder has additives, leading to a less than stellar product.

Kratom from online stores especially shops who, like us, import kratom from the source, tends to be considerably higher-quality and you tend to receive discounts. There are fewer people and steps involved in the process, so kratom is much more fresh when the buyer finally opens the bag.

Online vendors may also offer loyalty programs such as collecting points as well as regular discounts which can make buying kratom even more cost-efficient.

Not to mention, we here at GLAKratom are from Missouri, a state which fully supports and enacted the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, so you’ll receive the same guarantee as you would in any state with this bill.

If you?d like to see a map of the U.S. kratom legalities, as well as more detailed information on whether kratom is legal in your state, please refer to this blog post.

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Is Kratom Legal in Arkansas?

Welcome to Arkansas, this state name originated from early French explorers who met a group of Indians, known as the Ugakhpah, meaning “people who live downstream.” These Native American’s later got the name Quapaw, also called the Arkansaw Indians.

Is Kratom Legal in Arkansas?

To sadly say, Kratom is currently banned in Arkansas. The ban happened in 2015 when the Arkansas authorities amended the controlled substances act, this included putting kratom into the Schedule I drug list.

Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine (chemical compounds within kratom) were specifically targeted after a certain doctor had notified the Arkansas department of health. stating that, “Kratom shows opioid agonist actions.” because of this, the authorities decided to outright ban kratom, considering the FDA did not approve it for medical use.

With these two chemical makeups being targeted, it’s stated they’re opium derivatives. This statement is entirely false since these are kratom alkaloids, making them kratom derivatives.

Other substances banned include Alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone and Suvorexant, both of which are synthetic man made substances.

Where to Buy Kratom in Arkansas

Since it’s illegal to actually own, use, or sell kratom in Arkansas. We firmly believe the kratom bans can negatively affect one’s ease of access and quality of life, we understand how hard it may be, but we advise you to not attempt to acquire or import kratom into your state. Doing so may hurt your legal situation and possibly the reputation of kratom. This could possibly influence people to a nationwide kratom ban, leading to more hurt people.

If you’d like to see a map of the U.S. kratom legalities, as well as more detailed information on whether kratom is legal in your state, please refer to this blog post.