The Kratom Consumer Protection Act Is Helping To Keep Kratom Legal By Eliminating Cut And Laced Kratom From The Market
The American Kratom Association (AKA) has been working hard in recent years to establish a proper regulatory framework in the Kratom market via the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA). The KCPA was first passed in Utah, where Senator Curtis S. Bramble was the Chief Sponsor of the bill, and soon after that the KCPA passed in Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada.
In 2020 the AKA is pushing to get the KCPA passed in another 21 states, including Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kansas, Ohio, Illinois, Idaho, and Oregon. The AKA is even trying to ratify the KCPA in states where Kratom has already been banned, including Rhode Island, Alabama, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Indiana, in a simultaneous effort to get the bans lifted and put a properly regulated Kratom market in place.
Although the KCPA can vary from state to state, the general framework of the KCPA is that it requires all Kratom suppliers and vendors to register with the state, Kratom products must be lab certified to ensure that they comply with regulations, the contents of the product must be clearly labeled including specific alkaloid concentrations, the Kratom cannot be cut or laced with any synthetic drugs or non-Kratom substance, no synthetic mitragynine or 7-hydroxymitragynine is allowed, 7-hydroxymitragynine cannot comprise more than 2% of the alkaloid content of the product, Kratom products must have proper warning labels, and no Kratom can be sold to people under the age of 18 or 21 depending on the state.
As explained in a previous article on The Kratom Herald, Kratom is often cut with other plant materials by dishonest merchants, which can lead to rashes and nausea and an overall bad experience. Apparently some especially dishonest Kratom merchants have gone as far as lacing their product with synthetic drugs, which can cause a user to become extremely addicted, or cause an overdose in the worst case scenario.
Essentially, the lack of regulatory framework for Kratom is what has allowed dishonest Kratom merchants to defraud their customers. The KCPA will eliminate this problem, since anyone supplying or reselling Kratom will have to register with the state, and they will have to sell products which have been lab tested. This will ensure that consumers get pure Kratom, bettering the lives of consumers, leading to less side effects, and eliminating the chance of consumers ingesting products laced with synthetic drugs.
Also, the KCPA targets Kratom extracts which are too potent. The general philosophy among Kratom veterans is stick to the plain leaf, since extracts can be extremely expensive, as well as highly addictive if they contain synthetic opioids. Even if an extract contains too much Kratom alkaloids it can be overly potent, causing a user’s tolerance to go through the roof.
Under the KCPA guidelines, Kratom extracts will be lab tested so that they are not laced with any synthetic drugs, and they’ll be relatively safer since manufacturers will only be allowed to make extracts from natural leaf, and the extract will not be allowed to contain an excessive amount of 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Ultimately, the KCPA is an essential step towards ensuring that the Kratom market remains legal. Hysteria over Kratom related overdoses has caused several states to ban Kratom already, even though these overdoses are typically caused by a mixture of other drugs or Kratom products being laced with synthetic drugs. The KCPA will ensure that all Kratom products on the market are safe, reducing the risk of additional Kratom related overdose incidences.
Further, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is known for discriminating against Kratom more than any other government agency, has been aggressively trying to get local municipalities to ban Kratom in states where Kratom is legal. The KCPA effectively legalizes Kratom on a state level, pre-empting further municipal Kratom bans.
Thus, the KCPA is critical for keeping Kratom legal long term, since it simultaneously provides state governments with necessary education about Kratom, transforms Kratom into a completely above board industry, and helps to ensure that any Kratom being sold on the market is pure rather than being cut or laced.