There Is A Bill In Congress Called The 'Modernizing Drug Enforcement Act Of 2019' Which Would Declare All Opioid Agonists Schedule I, Including Kratom: Information Inside On How To Stop It
A hidden threat has apparently been lurking in Congress, specifically bill H.R. 2580, which is titled ‘Modernizing Drug Enforcement Act Of 2019‘. If this bill is ever passed Kratom would be declared a Schedule I drug and banned nationwide, since this bill calls for all mu opioid receptor agonists to be declared Schedule I.
Even worse, this bill is quite insidious since it bans all opioid agonists. Essentially, this bill is not all about Kratom, rather it groups in Kratom with synthetic opioid research chemicals.
In-fact, this bill does not even mention Kratom’s name, which would make it easy for Congressional representatives to vote in favor of this bill under the pretense that they are trying to get rid of dangerous and deadly opioid research chemicals, and they may not even realize that they are banning Kratom.
To explain further, synthetic opioid research chemicals have been a major problem. Basically, scientists start with opioid molecules such as Fentanyl and reconfigure them to have a slightly different structure. These chemicals are then mass produced in blackmarket labs and sold across the country, and this leads to lots of deaths since these chemicals are typically deadly even in microscopic doses, and are often used to cut Heroin as well.
The Federal Analogue Act mitigates this problem to a large extent, since any opioid research chemical which is substantially similar to a controlled substance is automatically considered Schedule I.
However, blackmarket scientists have risen to the challenge and have designed opioid research chemicals which are not molecularly similar to controlled substances, and these opioid research chemicals are considered legal until specific legislation is ratified to ban each individual research chemical, which can be an exhaustive process since new ones are made as fast as older ones are banned.
This is where this sort of bill is actually useful, since it would permanently make synthetic opioid research chemicals illegal.
However, this bill would end up causing more problems than it would solve, since it would ban Kratom as well, which would be a national catastrophe since over 10 million Americans who use Kratom to manage chronic pain, mental health issues, and drug addiction will be left with no safe alternative. Literally, banning Kratom would cause widespread suffering and death that would be far worse than the problems that synthetic opioid research chemicals cause.
The good news is this bill was submitted in May 2019 and obviously isn’t moving at high speed, and has many more steps before it would be ratified into law. So far the bill has just been introduced and referred to committees, and in order to become a law the bill would have to pass committee, pass the House, pass the Senate, and be signed by the President.
The bad news is this bill is definitely still alive, and therefore the Kratom community needs to keep it on their radar. It is indeed a big threat since it would permanently ban Kratom if it is ever passed.
I believe the Kratom community should act now, and the best way to do this would be to contact the sponsor of the bill, who is David Phil Roe of the 1st District of Tennessee. Kratom users should contact Representative Roe and tell him how Kratom benefited, if not saved their life, so that he understands that wording should be put into this bill to exclude Kratom from being declared Schedule I.
You can call Representative Roe at (202) 225-6356 for his Washington D.C. office, (423) 247-8161 for his Kingsport office, and (423) 254-1400 for his Morristown office. You can also get the address to send him letters, or send an e-mail, at this link.
If the Kratom community can simply convince Roe to change the bill to exclude scheduling Kratom, then this particular threat will be eliminated. Now is the time for the Kratom community to act, rather than waiting until it is too late.