LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: 3/2/20
Mac Haddow: Senior Fellow on Public Policy, AKA
MISSISSIPPI SENATE DRUG POLICY COMMITTEE
REJECTS THE KRATOM BAN BILL AND UNANIMOUSLY PASSES THE SUBSTITUTE KRATOM CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
Even with a statement by the Director of the Department of Health claiming that kratom is killing Mississippi residents, the Senate Drug Policy Committee relied on the real science and the best public policy on kratom and voted to replace the proposed kratom ban with a Committee substitute – the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
This sea-change in attitude was led by Senator Christopher McDaniel who walked the Committee members through the provisions of the KCPA, and that was followed by a UNANIMOUS vote for standing up for kratom consumers.
The battle continues tomorrow morning where the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Division B, and the House Drug Policy Committee both meet at 9 am. Kratom Warriors have committed to attend in force, so we are prepared.
Members of the House Drug Policy Committee represent the biggest hurdle because some of the Committee Members believe kratom sales should be banned from convenience stores and the sale of liquid kratom drinks should be banned completely. AKA strongly disagrees with this position, and will fight to keep all products legal as long as they comply with the purity standards.
“The Senate Drug Policy Committee relied on the real science and the best public policy on kratom and voted to replace the proposed kratom ban with a Committee substitute – the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.”