In an unprecedented move, it seems the DEA has withdrawn its emergency scheduling of Kratom, stating:
Since publishing (that) notice, DEA has received numerous comments from members of the public challenging the scheduling action and requesting that the agency consider those comments and accompanying information before taking further action
DEA is therefore taking the following actions: DEA is withdrawing the August 31, 2016 notice of intent; and soliciting comments from the public regarding the scheduling of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine under the Controlled Substances Act.
Thanks to the combined efforts of the kratom community, and the legislators who helped to keep the conversation going at the highest levels, the federal government has been forced to reevaluate the unwarranted emergency scheduling of kratom. It is clear that there is a lot more to kratom than is currently understood, and rather than simply ban a thing they don’t understand, it seems an effort is being made to study kratom and its associated effects on users. Both therapeutic and potentially harmful. After all, harm reduction is the name of the game, right?
Hopefully this sets a precedent and ushers in a new era of “think before you act” in our policy making with regard to nature. Too often are ridiculous decisions being made for people who are capable of making informed decisions for themselves. All we need from the people at the top is to provide quality information.
We all know cheeseburgers aren’t “good for you”, but nobody is locking up people at McDonald’s for choosing to eat a 1200 calorie “sandwich”.
Provide quality data, and let the public make informed decisions based on that insight. You know… like you do with alcohol and tobacco.
Currently this document is still unpublished, and is set to go public tomorrow. In the meantime you can read the proposed rule in its entirety HERE.