Connecticut Is Launching A Kratom Study To Decide Whether To Ban Kratom For All People Or Just People Under The Age Of 21
In February the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) was proposed in Connecticut, which would regulate Kratom products so that no adulterated or contaminated Kratom can be sold to consumers. So far this KCPA bill has not gotten anywhere. However, it has sparked another bill, HB6539, which calls for a statewide study of the efficacy and dangers of Kratom, in order to determine whether Kratom should be banned for all people or if Kratom should be banned just for people under the age of 21.
Specifically, multiple Connecticut governmental agencies will coordinate on this Kratom study, including the Department of Public Health, the Department of Consumer Protection, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Division of Criminal Justice.
These agencies will aim to determine the total amount of Kratom use across Connecticut, the number of people under 21 who use Kratom, the rate of addiction/dependency to Kratom, an examination of medicinal uses of Kratom, and how Kratom is used and what types of Kratom are being used (powder, extract, etc.).
Notably, in the section about how Kratom is used, it literally questions whether Kratom is inhaled, injected, or ingested, which is an absurd question, since 99.9% of people take Kratom orally, so it shouldn’t require a government study to figure that out.
In any case, the main purpose of this study is to determine how effective a Kratom ban will be, and whether Kratom should be banned for all people or just people under the age of 21.
Zooming out, it seems clear that Kratom is on the chopping-block in Connecticut, and it is very likely that Kratom will be banned for people under the age of 21, if not all people.
The only good news is that this study won’t be complete until December of this year, and law changes are not expected until early 2022, so there seems to be plenty of time for Kratom Warriors to fight for Kratom’s legality in Connecticut.