Nevada Begins The Process Of Declaring Kratom A Schedule I Drug Despite Previously Passing The KCPA; Fortunately This Ban Can Still Be Averted
The Nevada Board of Pharmacy held a meeting on July 15, and one of the many things they discussed is a proposal to declare Kratom Schedule I. Specifically, the proposal is to move the primary alkaloids of Kratom, Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, into the Schedule I category, which would make Kratom completely illegal.
It is important to note that Kratom is not yet banned in Nevada. Senior Fellow of Public Policy at the American Kratom Association, Mac Haddow, points out that this is simply the beginning of the process to declare Kratom Schedule I.
The Nevada Board of Pharmacy (BOP) has started the process to place kratom on its Schedule I list. Nevada lawmakers already passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act and there is no reason for this new action. Kratom saves lives. The FDA is wrong and the BOP needs to know that.— Mac Haddow (@HaddowMac) July 20, 2020
The most shocking thing about this situation is that Nevada is one of the only states which has passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA), alongside Utah, Arizona, and Georgia. The idea behind the KCPA is to establish proper regulations for the Kratom industry to ensure that consumers only receive safe and pure Kratom, and that no contaminated or adulterated Kratom reaches the market. Further, the general belief was that the KCPA thoroughly legalizes Kratom wherever it is passed, since if a state passes the KCPA, then theoretically that state should understand that Kratom is safe if proper regulations are followed.
However, now it is clear that Kratom can be banned even in states where the KCPA has already been passed, and this makes the Kratom fight much more arduous, since even if the KCPA is enacted in every state and on a federal level, Kratom bans could still theoretically happen based on what is going on right now in Nevada.
The good news is that Nevada has not yet banned Kratom, and therefore Kratom Warriors still have a chance to make their voice heard to prevent this ban from happening. Indeed, it is critical to do everything possible to prevent this ban, since banning Kratom would leave Nevada residents with no alternative besides dangerous synthetic opioids and opiates, and therefore banning Kratom would cause an untold amount of suffering for Nevada citizens.
Since the Nevada Board of Pharmacy is the agency that is moving to ban Kratom, it makes sense to contact them and tell them your personal story about how Kratom benefited, if not saved, your life. Real-life stories about how Kratom has saved the lives of American citizens are the most powerful weapon in the fight to keep Kratom legal.