The FDA Needs To Wake Up To The Fact That Banning Kratom Would Cause A Wide Variety Of Problems, Similar To Alcohol Prohibition In The 1920s, And That Regulation Rather Than A Ban Is Better For Both The Government And The People
For years the FDA has been trying to get Kratom banned via a misinformation smear campaign. However, it seems the FDA has really not thought through what would actually happen if they successfully got Kratom banned, since banning Kratom would cause multitudes of problems for both the government and the people, and ultimately it is always better for both the government and the people to regulate a popular commodity like Kratom instead of banning it.
In order to understand what happens when a popular substance is banned instead of being regulated, look no further than Alcohol Prohibition, which is when the United States banned Alcohol between 1920 and 1933.
The reason the government and a large fraction of the population were calling for Prohibition was because Alcohol causes lots of deaths and destroys countless families. However, the government was wrong to think that banning Alcohol would solve the problem.
Indeed, Prohibition proved that banning an extremely popular substance does nothing to prevent people from using that substance. In other words, if lots of people want to use a banned substance, they will find a way to obtain it regardless of it being illegal.
Since there was such a huge demand for Alcohol, and no store to buy it at, criminal organizations took over the Alcohol trade. In-fact, Prohibition generated so much income for criminal organizations that it led to the formation of the modern day Mafias.
The big boost that Prohibition gave to criminals led to countless crimes and deaths, as Mafias fought each other for control of the Alcohol trade, and as the Mafias battled the police.
Another issue was that people were making bootleg liquor in all sorts of makeshift ways, and since these bootleg liquor manufacturers had no regulatory oversight and often little experience, they often produced liquor that contained numerous contaminants. The most common problem is they would incorrectly distill the liquor, and there’d be lots of Methanol in it, and anyone who drank it would go blind among other life threatening problems.
Further, alcoholism did not even decline during Prohibition, and Alcohol continued to be easily accessible, so it was pointless to ban Alcohol in the first place.
Thus, the government originally intended to free the country of Alcoholism, and thought that they could save lives if they banned Alcohol. However, Prohibition only led to a massive increase in crime, and also the proliferation of dangerous contaminated Alcohol, and did nothing to slow down the Alcohol problem in America.
It is obvious that if Kratom got banned in the United States the same problems would arise. First off, instead of there being legitimate Kratom vendors who follow government regulations and pay taxes, the Kratom industry would be controlled by criminal organizations. Therefore, banning Kratom would divert all of the money in the Kratom industry into the pockets of criminals, leading to a proliferation of crime.
Further, the criminal organizations selling Kratom would likely cut the Kratom with all sorts of other materials, just like they do with Cocaine and Heroin, and Kratom users would receive adulterated and potentially dangerous product. Indeed, criminal organizations could even just lace Kratom with Heroin or a synthetic opioid in order to get Kratom users hooked.
There is another factor however which would make banning Kratom even worse than Alcohol Prohibition. Millions of Americans depend on Kratom as an alternative to prescription and illicit drugs for managing chronic pain, drug dependence, and mental health issues. If Kratom was banned the drug war would absolutely explode as millions of Americans would seek out drugs to manage their underlying issues, and this would cause tons of deaths and destroy millions of lives.
Thus, the FDA and any other organization who wants to ban Kratom needs to realize that banning Kratom would lead to an explosion in the drug war, destroy millions of lives and lead to countless deaths, would funnel all of the Kratom industry’s money into the hands of criminals, and would lead to a proliferation of contaminated and laced Kratom.
On the other hand, if Kratom is regulated instead of banned, the Kratom industry will continue to be in the hands of legitimate tax paying businesses, protocols would be in place to ensure that all Kratom is pure and safe, millions of Americans will continue to have Kratom as a solution for their underlying issues rather than seeking out drugs, and Kratom would steadily decrease the drug war and the Opioid Pandemic over time.
Therefore, it is quite obvious that regulating Kratom would benefit the government and the people, whereas banning it would hurt both the government and the people. Considering this, it makes no sense that the FDA or any other government organization would want to ban Kratom.