Alabama Legislature: Repeal Ban on Kratom in 2017
On May 10th, 2016 a bill (SB226) was signed that made Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) a schedule 1 controlled substance in the state of Alabama. Kratom is an all-natural herb and has not been involved in any deaths when taken by itself. It is a natural pain-reliever and anti-depressant that has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia and for about 20 years in North America as an alternative to the many dangerous chemical drugs pushed on people by Big Pharma, drugs that kill tens of thousands of Americans every year. Adults should have the right to choose natural medicine. Join us in asking the Alabama State House of Representatives and the Alabama State Senate to repeal the ban on this miracle herb.
- State Representative
Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen,
A bill was passed recently that banned the use of Mitragyna Speciosa (Kratom). The bill says it is synthetic but it is 100% all-natural. You just passed a bill that allows for medical marijuana and that's great but you have made Kratom a schedule 1 controlled substance and that classification states that it has no medical value which isn't the truth.
Kratom has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments from pain to mental health conditions. Kratom, when used alone has never been attributed to any deaths. In any death where Kratom was found in the deceased's blood, it was found that the cause of death was poly-drug toxicity and Kratom could not be confirmed as the actual cause of death. However, too often the people who want to ban this herb seem to omit that fact. Kratom is safe but the same cannot be said about prescription narcotics and heroin which kill tens of thousands of people in America each year.
With Kratom, thousands of Alabamians were able to get their quality of life back with a safe alternative to the chemicals the pharmaceutical industry offers. Pain patients were able to come off of the dangerous opiate drugs that have high rates of addiction, high rates of overdose and that are combined with NSAID's that damage the vital organs with long-term use. People who had suffered from heroin addiction or alcoholism were able to use this mild herb to break those habits without suffering the terrible withdrawal symptoms associated with them while maintaining a clear mind. People who had suffered mental health issues such as anxiety and depression also found this herb could relieve their symptoms where many of the traditional anti-depressants had failed. Traditional anti-depressant drugs (tricyclics, SSRI, SNRI, MAOI, etc.) can cause serious side effects for the patients.
Now the option to choose Kratom has been taken away from those patients and the results of this are predictable. Some patients will choose to go back to prescription opiates to manage their pain and suffer the negative health effects of those drugs. Some addicts will return to heroin and alcohol, both of which are true scourges on society. Those with mental illness will return to ineffectual drugs that never worked for them in the first place. Some of these will die from organ failure, overdose and suicide. Others will defy the law and risk a felony in order to get the relief from their conditions that they need. And still others will simply choose to suffer. All of these are cruel choices to force sick people to make.
We know that many of you did not support SB226 as it was written. We are aware of how this bill was brought up in the last 30 minutes of the legislative year and how more important bills (such as the prison bill) had to be passed over so that could happen. We are aware of how despite his best efforts, Representative Mike Ball was unable to present a perfectly reasonable substitute because the bill was not proposed until after the senate had already adjourned. That substitute bill would have placed an age restriction on Kratom sales (21+ only) in Alabama and would have banned the so called "Kratom-Shots" in gas stations that had caused this legislation to spring up in the first place. That would have still left adults the option to purchase plain-leaf Kratom from online vendors while keeping the herb out of the hands and sight of kids. We are aware of how several representatives wanted to speak and discuss this bill but were not allowed to do so. We do not feel that there was sufficient discussion or even necessarily due process allowed during the passage of this bill. We believe that the manner in which SB226 was passed is truly a blemish upon the legislative institutions of this great state.
Therefore, we the undersigned, ask Representatives Ball, Chesteen, Forte, Buskey and all others who voted against SB226 to introduce a repeal of this bill in the next legislative session. Kratom needs to be regulated but this all-natural herb should not be banned outright and kept from sick adults. Furthermore, we commit to support the reelection of any representative or senator who initiates or supports a repeal of SB226 and who puts in its place the more appropriate regulation already mentioned above. Thank you!
The People of Alabama
Alabama Legislature: Repeal Ban on Kratom in 2017
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