In Alabama Anyone Arrested With More Than 4 Ounces Of Kratom Is Charged With Drug Trafficking
It is well-known that Kratom has been banned in several states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. However, the topic of what happens to Kratom users in those states rarely, if ever, comes up.
Apparently in Alabama anyone who is caught with over 4 ounces of Kratom is charged with drug trafficking, as if they are a drug dealer. This is shocking, since 4 ounces of Kratom is only enough for personal use, and would only last 1-2 weeks for an average Kratom user. Further, 4 ounces of Kratom only costs $10-$20.
Of course, no one should ever be charged with a crime for possessing Kratom, since Kratom is a safe and effective miracle herb that people depend on for chronic pain, opioid dependence, and mental health issues, but theoretically if Kratom is banned, then someone caught with a personal amount of Kratom should receive a possession charge rather than a drug dealing charge, which carries far heavier penalties.
Here are a few examples. A man in Springville, Alabama was pulled over on July 27, and for undisclosed reasons the cops claimed they had probable cause to search the vehicle. They found 249 grams of Kratom, charged the man with drug trafficking, and threw him in jail with a $250,000 bond.
Another example is from November 25 in Orange Beach, Alabama, where a man was pulled over and police found 895 capsules of Kratom. Once again, they charged him with drug trafficking and locked him away.
Yet another example is a man was simply driving through Alabama on a trip from California to Florida in December 2019, and the Alabama police found Kratom in his car and locked him up. Even worse, apparently the police in Mississippi who originally pulled him over conspired to get the man arrested for Kratom. Basically, when the man was pulled over in Mississippi the cops didn’t have any grounds for arresting him, but the cops noticed the Kratom and told the Alabama police, and once the man entered Alabama the police there arrested him and charged him with drug trafficking.
Literally, if these men were instead caught with cocaine or heroin, their charges would be much less severe. It seems the Alabama police, and the Alabama judicial system in general, are intentionally targeting Kratom users, and destroying the lives of Kratom users by levying drug dealing penalties for personal amounts of Kratom.
Zooming out, these are just a few stories of people being charged with drug trafficking for possessing a personal amount of Kratom in Alabama. It is unclear how many more lives have been destroyed under similar circumstances, but presumably there are many more cases than these three.
Thus, at least in the case of Alabama if not elsewhere, the Kratom ban law was written in a malicious way, where anyone with 4 ounces or more of Kratom is treated as a drug trafficker. Realistically, no one should be charged with ‘Kratom trafficking’ unless they had more than 10 kilos or so, and better yet, Alabama should not treat Kratom as an illegal drug at all, since Kratom saves lives and makes the world better, and the only thing in Alabama related to Kratom which is causing any problems is the Kratom ban itself.