LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: 3/3/20
Mac Haddow: Senior Fellow on Public Policy, AKA
CRITICAL UPDATE ON MISSISSIPPI KRATOM BAN
The decision on Monday by the Mississippi Senate Drug Policy Committee to strike the proposed ban on kratom and replace it with the Kratom Consumer Protection Act apparently struck a nerve with the anti-kratom forces in Mississippi, and the FDA in Washington D.C.
Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary B Committee, and the House Drug Policy Committee declined to put either the two proposed House ban bills or the newly amended Senate KCPA bill on the agenda for a vote. That effectively allowed all the kratom bills to die in Committee since today was the deadline for bills to be approved for consideration by the other body.
I talked with the leader of the Mississippi Drug Task Force that has led the anti-kratom effort in Mississippi, and they are considering opening up discussions with the AKA to find a compromise the Mississippi Legislative leaders will accept for action before the Legislature adjourns at the end of March.
The great efforts of the Mississippi kratom advocates stopped the kratom bans in their tracks, and now we will work hard to find common ground with the Mississippi Drug Task Force and the Mississippi Medical Association to properly regulate kratom to protect consumers.
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