Kratom Ban Takes Effect October 1, Petition To Stop The DEA Submitted To President Obama

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Sep. 8 2016, Updated 4:34 p.m. ET

The herbal supplement kratom, often promoted as an effective treatment for a multitude of illness symptoms, including pain relief, is under fire from the U.S. government, specifically the Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA wants the active ingredients in kratom classified as Schedule I substances under the Controlled Substances Act. This assignment would put kratom on the same list as other drugs like heroin and LSD.

However, a petition calling for the Obama administration to intercede and stop the DEA’s action has been posted to the White House’s “We the People” platform. As of Thursday, over 100,000 people have shown their opposition to the kratom ban and signed the petition.

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“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” reads the petition. “This is not true for kratom, it has been shown numerous times in reports from users to help recovering Opiate addicts, treat pain, combat depression and anxiety, and much more.”

With that many people opposing the kratom ban, the administration will likely respond, but it is not certain the White House will do so in time. The prohibition of any kratom sales nationwide is scheduled to take effect at the end of September and is anticipated to last two years. After two years, the government can then decide if the kratom ban will be permanent.

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