South Dakota And New York Are Moving To Ban Kratom For People Under The Age Of 21, Which Is Unwise Since Kratom Is A Much Needed Anti-Drug For People Between 18-21
Kratom has repeatedly been attacked in South Dakota. Last year a Kratom ban was proposed in South Dakota, but fortunately that was stopped before it became law. Then a few months ago South Dakota legislative representative Carl Perry announced immediately after the election that one of his first priorities was to ban Kratom.
Apparently Rep. Perry moved forward with this proposed Kratom ban, but fortunately it was stifled before it was officially submitted. However, a compromise has been made where instead of banning Kratom for everyone, Kratom will be banned for everyone under the age of 21.
The South Dakota Commerce and Energy Committee unanimously rejected Rep. Perry's bill to ban kratom, and replaced it with a part of the KCPA that bans sales to minors. And the Committee Chair pledged to work with the AKA on the full KCPA in the future.— Mac Haddow (@HaddowMac) February 12, 2021
Likewise, the state of New York is also moving towards banning Kratom for people under the age of 21.
Notably, neither the South Dakota nor New York bill have become law yet, and I believe the Kratom community should fight against these bills as hard as possible.
While it may seem like a fair compromise to ban Kratom for people under the age of 21 instead of banning Kratom for everyone, it is actually an extremely unwise decision.
This is because the 18-21 year old age group is extremely vulnerable to drug use. Indeed, a common theme in this country is that people who turn 18 leave their parents house for the first time and go to a far off college, where they end up getting addicted to drugs.
Therefore, it is extremely unwise to not allow people in the 18-21 year old age group to access Kratom, since Kratom is one of the most effective anti-drugs out there. Basically, not allowing 18-21 year olds access to Kratom will serve to fuel the drug pandemic, since Kratom has the potential to help 18-21 year olds to get off drugs or to avoid drugs altogether.
Further, there are plenty of people in the 18-21 range who are dealing with depression and chronic pain, and Kratom is essentially the safest remedy for such conditions, and it is unfair that adults between the age of 18-21 would not be allowed to access Kratom just because of their age.
Summing up this argument, essentially the 18-21 year old age group is one of the most vulnerable groups when it comes to getting addicted to drugs, and it is absurd to not allow this age group access to Kratom, since Kratom could help this age group to stop their drug addictions before they get out of control, or to avoid drugs altogether.
Considering this, it is an unacceptable compromise that Kratom should be banned for adults under the age of 21. Any adult over the age of 18 should have the basic human right of accessing Kratom, whether they need it for drug addiction management, chronic pain, or mental health issues.
On the other hand, banning Kratom for this age group will only serve to fuel the drug addiction pandemic in this country. Thus, the Kratom community should fight to defeat the South Dakota and New York bills before they become law.