The American Kratom Association testified at the Florida Senate hearing on Senate Bill 842, the Florida Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) sponsored by Florida Senator Keith Perry (R). This bill will provide the regulatory framework for kratom products .
Two public witnesses were in support of a ban or stricter amendments due to concerns with kratom’s rumored dangerous effects and its purported opioid-like qualities. The concerns were derived from both the FDA’s biased description of kratom effects, and the Tampa Bay Times’ hit piece description of kratom.
However, University of Florida’s lead kratom researcher, Dr. Chris McCurdy, has endorsed the KCPA. The research being conducted at the University of Florida, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has demonstrated that kratom has great potential benefits. This research is supported by thousands of kratom advocate testimonials about how kratom has improved their lives. But, if left unregulated, adulterated products can cause great harm to Florida consumers.
The bill was reported favorably with 5 YEAS and 0 NAYS.