Congratulations to all Kratom lovers, our age-long cry for freedom is yielding fruits in faraway Tennessee. On April 25th, 2018, we recorded a massive milestone in the history and existence of Kratom powder. It was gathered that Kratom was facing a high possibility of being banned in the state and the rest of the country until the Conference Committee Report on House Bill No. 1832 / Senate Bill No. 2258 which dealt a significant blow to the decision to ban Kratom. Kratom won the case in a grand style, and it will interest you to note that it is now safe and legal to kratom in Tennessee although there is still a law restricting the use and purchase of kratom to only members of the community who are 21 and above.
So how did this happen?
Members of the House and Senate Conference Committee opted in for the appointment of according to motions which sought to resolve the differences between the two houses on House Bill No. 1832 (Senate Bill No. 2258). Based on the recommendations of these bills, the house has met and agreed that all amendments be deleted. The clause in question was the ban of Kratom powder in Tennessee.
It was further recommended by the committee that Sections 10 and 11 should be completed deleted and replaced with the following and a redesignation of the subsequent sections accordingly;
SECTION 10. The Following additions were made to the Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-17-452(a), as a new subdivision (a)(3):
It is an offense for a person to knowingly
- Sell, or offer for sale, Kratom unless labeled and in its natural form;
- Distribute, sell, or offer for sale, Kratom to a person under the age of twenty-one (21) years; or
- Purchase or possess Kratom if under the age of twenty-one (21) years.
For purposes of this subdivision (a)(3)
- “Labeled” means a label containing the manufacturer’s information and a warning that includes, at a minimum, “Warning: Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. It is illegal to possess Kratom if under 21 years of age. Consult your healthcare professional before using. Do not combine with alcohol or medication. Consult a doctor before use if you have high blood pressure, liver disorder, heart disease, or medical condition which requires medication.” and
- The natural forms of kratom powder refer to cut, dried out and sifted Kratom leaf or raw Kratom leaf powder.
This bill was passed into law in Tennessee after a vote of 23 to 2 was recorded in favor of Kratom. With the bill passed into law, the bill is on its way to the Governor’s table for signature.
What Made The Difference?
Throughout the ban placed on the use of Kratom powder, the decision was so strong that we felt Kratom would never see the light of the day any longer. We thought our voices would never be heard until the bill was passed into law. This meant one thing; Our voice is (and Can) be heard by our representatives.
The American Kratom Association, the Botanical Education Alliance, and the Kratom community have been in the forefront of affairs helping to fight this battle hence one of the reasons why you shouldn’t give up on Kratom powder.
Regardless of your state, you can put a call through to your representatives or write them using Resistbot, and this will go a long way in creating the best voice with the person making the decisions for you.
Educate Yourself, To Educate Them
Before putting that call through to them, make sure you are versed in the benefits of Kratom powder and why the government is bent on banning it.
You can visit The American Kratom Association to familiarize yourself with all you need to know about Kratom powder. Make sure you have enough information to convince your representative before calling.
It’s time to write to our representatives and save our precious Kratom powder. Who is with me?
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Let’s do this.