Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act restricts sales of kratom products to those under 21

Full Story: A new law concerning the sale and distribution of kratom goes into effect on July 1, 2023. During the 2023 Legislative Session, the Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act passed the legislature unanimously and makes it illegal to “sell, deliver, barter, furnish, or give, directly or indirectly, any kratom product to a person under 21 years of age.”

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Kratom sales banned for people under 21 starting in July, Polk Co. sheriff warns

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Beginning July 1, it will be illegal to sell kratom, an herbal substance from southeast Asia, to people under 21 years of age in Florida.

“We give everyone who sells this the opportunity to understand this will get you locked up if you sell it to anyone under the age of 21,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.

The Florida legislature passed the ban for people under the age of 21 unanimously this legislative session.

Sheriff Judd refers to the substance as “dangerous” because of the “euphoric” sensation it can give to people who consume it.

“It can create hallucinations, confusion. It’s dangerous,” said the sheriff.

Kratom can be consumed in tea/powder or capsule form.

There is no approved use of kratom by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In fact, in a release from this month, the FDA warns against using kratom.

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RI House votes to legalize herbal substance kratom – what to know

The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 39-26 on Monday to legalize and regulate the sale of kratom, a herbal substance that state health officials previously banned.

Kratom is currently legal on the federal level, though there have been attempts to ban it. Proponents say that it can be a safer, less-addictive alternative to dangerous drugs like opioids. Skeptics argue that it can be dangerous, and hasn’t been adequately studied.

House Bill 5530, introduced by Rep. John “Jay” Edwards, D-Tiverton, and Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, D-Westerly, seeks to create guardrails by requiring lab testing, and prohibiting the sale of kratom products that are contaminated or adulterated “with a dangerous non-kratom substance.”

Read more at The Providence Journal

‘Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act’ signed into law

Beginning next month, kratom sales to anyone under 21 will be illegal in Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has authorized Florida’s first strictures on the sale of kratom, a consumable relative of the coffee plant native to Southeast Asia that for centuries has been used as a euphoric pain reliever.

The legislation (HB 179), dubbed the “Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act,” bans the sale of the substance to people younger than 21. It also defines “kratom products” in state statues.

Beginning July 1, anyone who sells kratom products to customers under 21 will face a second-degree misdemeanor charge, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.

DeSantis signed the measure Friday, roughly a month after both chambers of the Legislature approved the measure from Pensacola Republican Rep. Alex Andrade.

Read more at Florida Politics

Kratom users advocate for more research on substance

BILLINGS, Mont. – Users of Kratom in Montana are relieved after the legal status of the plant-based substance was up in the air during the last legislative session. 

“It’s been really helpful for me after I couldn’t use prescription drugs,” said Lindsey Jellum, a real estate agent in Billings.

“I was in a car accident years ago, and eventually I wasn’t allowed to take prescription drugs to help. I turned to Kratom, and it’s been really helpful for my health and getting my energy back.” 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports Kratom to have opioid and stimulant like affects. 

While not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, NIH reports Kratom use to manage withdrawal symptoms, something using it as an alternative to get off of drugs.

Read more at KULR-8

Kratom manufacturer fights feds over seizure

A manufacturer of kratom products seized by U.S. authorities has asked a federal court in Oklahoma to dismiss a civil forfeiture action.

In court papers filed May 17, lawyers for Botanic Tonics LLC argued the government’s complaint “fails to even reference, let alone allege non-compliance with, the specific statute addressing whether new dietary ingredients are deemed adulterated.”

“Further, the complaint and its boilerplate language are bereft of facts that support the government’s conclusory allegations about the safety of kratom,” asserted the motion to dismiss, filed in the U.S. District for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

FDA, with the help of U.S. Marshals, recently seized articles containing kratom manufactured by Botanic Tonics of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Read more at Natural Products Insider

Kratom ban bill discussed by Louisiana lawmakers

LAFAYETTE, La. — Next week, the Louisiana Senate will consider a bill classifying kratom as a Schedule I narcotic.

This classification means that kratom would be categorized alongside other substances such as heroin, LSD, marijuana, and peyote. The term Schedule I refers to substances that are not currently accepted for medical use and have a high likelihood of abuse.

The leaves of this tropical tree native to Southeast Asia can produce a stimulant-like effect when consumed. Local tobacco shops and gas stations here in Lafayette sell kratom pills, powders, and liquids.

Asher Lansiquot co-owner of Lit Smoke Shop, says that besides CBD kratom is the next highest product he sells. His customers tell him that taking the plant has been life-changing for them.

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$3M in kratom seized from Oklahoma manufacturer, company faces 2 class action lawsuits

In a case winding its way through federal court, a Broken Arrow manufacturer of dietary supplements is fighting with the federal government over millions of dollars in product that contains kratom, an herbal drug often marketed as effective for easing opioid withdrawals. 

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the U.S. Marshals Service, acting with investigators from the Food and Drug Administration, seized more than $3 million in kratom from Botanic Tonics LLC.

The products included 250,000 liquid bottles, a tank of liquid product, more than 1,200 cartons of capsules, and more than 1,000 kilograms of bulk powder kratom. 

The government said the seized products containing kratom were manufactured by Botanic Tonics and marketed under the brand name “Feel Free Plant Based Herbal Supplement.” 

Keep reading at The Oklahoman

Kratom request falls short in Committee

The City of Alton formally banned the drug known as Kratom in March of 2018, but the current city council has been asked to take another look at its policy. The request didn’t make it far, with only two aldermen voting yes – 2nd Ward Alderwoman Carolyn MacAfee and 7th Ward Alderman Nate Keener.

In other business, ARPA Funds were approved for additional work on the Riverview Drive Project in the amount of $355,000. Twenty resolutions calling for the commencement of demolition proceedings for properties around the city were approved, and a handful of street closures were also given the green-light.

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Legislature approves ban on under-21 sales of kratom

The measure is the weaker of two proposals filed this year to add safeguards for kratom to Florida statutes.

After bouncing back and forth between the Senate and House this week, a years-in-the-making measure that would ban the sale of products made from a consumable plant called kratom to people under 21 has finally passed.

Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota County, the only local government in Florida with a kratom ban, accepted a weaker version of legislation he and Pensacola Rep. Alex Andrade carried this Session.

Both bills are named the “Kratom Consumer Protection Act.” Gruters’ bill (SB 136) was far truer to that title and included detailed processing, reporting and labeling requirements. But it was Andrade’s bill (HB 179), which only includes the age limit and a definition for “kratom products,” that could soon go to the Governor’s desk.

Keep reading at floridapolitics.com

House refuses amended ‘Kratom Consumer Protection Act,’ sends original version back to Senate

‘I’m asking the Senate to stick with our bill this year.’

A House bill meant to be a “first step” in regulating kratom, a consumable plant with opioid-like effects, is heading back to the Senate for reconsideration after Representatives rejected changes the upper chamber made last month.

Pensacola Rep. Alex Andrade explained that while he doesn’t disapprove in principle with the changes, which would require manufacturers to test their kratom products and register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). But they come with a cost neither contemplated in the bill nor accommodated by the next budget.

“While I’m happy to work in the future on consumer protections related to this product, I believe as to be fiscally responsible (that these revisions) would require a fee bill in conjunction,” he said. “I’m asking the Senate to stick with our bill this year.”

Keep reading at Florida Politics

Senate bounces amended ‘Kratom Consumer Protection Act’ back to House for additional vote

A relative of the coffee plant, kratom has been used for centuries as a euphoric pain reliever.

The Senate approved a House bill Thursday with new rules governing kratom, a consumable plant with opioid- and stimulant-like effects. But since the chamber amended the measure, it must pass an additional vote.

Senators voted unanimously for HB 179, titled the “Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act,” which among other things bans the sale of kratom products to people under 21 and defines the substance in state statutes.

While the bill bears Pensacola Republican Rep. Alex Andrade’s name, its language is nearly identical to a version Republican Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota carried this year. Gruters amended Andrade’s bill and tabled his own.

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Kratom crackdown: Montana House bill aims to regulate the plant

Kratom is currently legal in Montana, but if HB 437 is passed into law this legislative session, it would list kratom as a Schedule I drug, meaning the state sees no medical use for it.

Kratom users advocate for its ability to boost mood and energy, help with chronic pain and potentially replace opioids.

Mitch Ronshaugen owns Hippy Hut, an antique and kratom store. He is speaking out against the bill, as it could impact his life in multiple ways if it passes.

“If this House Bill 437 passes, it will destroy my business and I’ll end up back on welfare,” Ronshaugen said. “I found kratom because of my aversion to use opiate painkillers. I had a friend that ended up with a heroin addiction that started with prescription medications when the doctor yanked the rug out from under him.”

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House member looks to establish kratom regulations, despite governor veto last summer

In previous years, a bill that would regulate kratom has been held up in the Missouri Senate and vetoed by the governor. Now, state Representative Phil Christofanelli, R-St. Peters, has started from scratch and hopes to get his bill passed in these final four weeks of session.

Kratom is an herbal supplement that is consumed in pill form. It has a mild stimulant effect as well as provides mild pain relief for chronic aches and pains. It is also used to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

“We want people to know what they’re buying,” he told Missourinet. “We want things that are sold in the marketplace that say they’re kratom to actually be 100% pure kratom, and we want to make sure that that only adults are using this.

Read more at Missourinet

Texas Considers Laws to Regulate Kratom, Drive Away ‘Charlatans’

Texas lawmakers are looking to regulate kratom this legislative session. Bills filed in both the House and Senate, if enacted, would impose age restrictions for kratom purchases, and require proper labeling,  instructions and recommended doses for products.

Kratom is a South Asian plant that can produce opioid- and stimulant-like effects. Users say the product can provide energy, soothe anxiety and depression, and help with drug addiction.

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a Laredo Democrat; Rep. Angelia Orr, a Freestone County Republican; and Rep. J.M. Lozano, a Kingsville Republican, filed identical bills in the House and Senate to get all of this done.

Keep reading at Dallas Observer

This bill would legalize kratom in RI. What is it and why is it illegal now?

Rhode Island is one of only a handful of states where kratom, a controversial herbal substance, is illegal.

Two lawmakers, Rep. John “Jay” Edwards, D-Tiverton, and Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, D-Westerly, want to change that.

Their bill, H 5330, aims to legalize kratom and prevent adulterated products from being sold. Nicknamed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, it mirrors similar bills introduced around the country at the behest of the American Kratom Association.

Currently, kratom is legal and largely unregulated on the federal level, though there have been attempts to ban it.

What is kratom?

Kratom is typically available in powder form and is made from the dried leaves of a tree that grows in southeast Asia. Its proponents insist that it should be described as a “nutraceutical” and not a drug.

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Mctlaw Wins Groundbreaking Judgment Holding Kratom Manufacturer Negligent for Inadequate Warnings or Instructions on Packaging

A negligence ruling by a Washington State Judge in a kratom wrongful death lawsuit is the first of its kind in the United States. Judge Gary Bashor entered a summary judgment against Society Botanicals, finding the Oregon company negligent due to “inadequate warnings and instructions” on the packaging of their product, Kratom Divine.

A negligence ruling by a Washington State Judge in a kratom wrongful death lawsuit is the first of its kind in the United States (Order on Summary Judgement – Misbranded Drugs No. 20-2-00874-08, Superior Court of WA). Judge Gary Bashor of the Superior Court of Washington For Cowlittz County entered a summary judgment against Society Botanicals, finding the Oregon company negligent due to “inadequate warnings and instructions” on the packaging of their product, Kratom Divine.

Read more at Benzinga

Governor signs into Virginia law consumer legislation to protect kratom

Virginia is the ninth state in the United States to enact legislation on the sale of Kratom.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed SB 1108, the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) into law yesterday after it passed Virginia’s House and Senate.

Kratom primarily comes from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree in Indonesia, Thailand and other parts of Asia and is usually consumed by boiling the leaves to make tea or grinding them up to put in food. An herbal supplement, Kratom has for centuries helped with pain management, energy, depression and anxiety. The KCPA regulates the manufacture and distribution of kratom, ensures and enforces proper labeling and instills age limits on its use.

Read the story at Augusta Free Press

Florida lawmakers want to regulate kratom. Here’s what you need to know.

n recent weeks, Florida legislators have taken steps toward regulating kratom, a controversial substance derived from the dried leaves of a tropical Southeast Asian tree. In recent years, its popularity has skyrocketed in the U.S., including Florida, in part because of its purported opiate-like effects and widespread availability.

Kratom is brewed into teas and mixed into sweetened mocktails. It’s sold at electronic cigarette and tobacco shops. You can purchase it at gas stations. You can order it online. You can even get it delivered on UberEats.

The substance is not specifically regulated at the federal level, but several states have passed legislation similar to what’s proposed in Florida.

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times via MSN

Gonzales Council will vote on measure to ban sale of kratom

ASCENSION PARISH – The Gonzales Council on Monday is expected to consider an amendment to the Code of Ordinances that would prohibit the sale of kratom within the city.

If approved, the measure would subject anyone in violation to a fine of up to $500 and a jail term of up to 60 days.

The proposed amendment identifies the “use of Mitragyna Speciosa Korth (Kratom)… a serious problem affecting the health and welfare of all citizens” and seeks to take “all reasonable steps” to prohibit its sale.

Numerous parish and municipal governments have taken up similar proposals in recent months, though a move to ban kratom sales in nearby Livingston Parish failed in February.

Read more at WBRZ2-ABC