How to get kratom banned overnight

Posted on June 24, 2011 by


are we going to sit and wait to see sellers get kratom banned

Yesterday Belgium newspapers reported of a Belgium seller, who has been promoting and selling his “legal highs”, including kratom, to youngsters at music concerts (article in Dutch). . On the sellers website kratom experience is described as similar to “smoking opium while chewing coca leaves”.

Within less then one day Belgium authorities have started a legal investigation and are questioning the legality and safety of the products sold.

So in case you want to deprive people of their kratom in your country or state;  Start selling kratom as a Legal high, package it in baggies designed to attract kids and youngster, promote it on teen and youngster sites, online and offline, like concerts and make sure to mention that it is amazing that this amazing stuff makes you high and is still legal.

For exactly the same reason Kratom has been banned in Poland, Denmark, Romania etc.  So succes guaranteed.

Can’t help to get a bit cynical, its part of the defense mechanism. The number of new resellers entering the kratom market is big at this time. More and more of their websites seem to promote kratom as some kind of streetdrug, rather than a useful herb. This is unfortunate and will ultimately give authorities the right tools in hand to ban our magical herb.

Sellers should be aware of their actions and the consequences. Labeling and promoting kratom as a legal high does not ontly create a risk for the market as a whole, it is simply an illegal activity. The US for example, the FDA has interpret “legal high” as “street drug alternatives” and is taking action already, please check the following quote, retrieved from a letter send by the FDA to one of the sellers.

“FDA is aware that some street drug alternatives are being marketed as dietary supplements. FDA does not believe that street drug alternatives are intended to be used to augment the diet to promote health or reduce the risk of disease. Accordingly, street drug alternatives are not intended to supplement the diet and are not dietary supplements. In March of 2000, FDA made available “a guidance for industry on street drug alternatives”. This document contains additional information .

Based on the claims cited, the products discussed above are “drugs” as defined in Section 201(g) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (Act). Moreover, they are also “new drugs” (Section 201(p) of the Act) because there is no evidence that these products are generally recognized as safe and effective for their intended uses. Under Section 505 of the Act, a new drug may not be introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce unless an FDA-approved new drug application (NDA) is in effect for such drug. Since these products are not the subjects of approved NDAs, they may not be marketed in the United States and their continued marketing violates Section 505 of the Act.”

So eventhough kratom is legally available and can be sold, imported and exported as such, the way kratom is being advertised and promoted can however change the legal status and result even in legal action.

So what can you do as a seller?

1. Product safety: Regardless of the “not for human consumption” warning, that you should have in place, you need to make sure that you are selling pure and natural kratom. There are a growing number of “enhanced” kratom powders and extracts on the market that contain synthetic kratom-look-alike-alkaloids. These substances are not safe! Do not include any kratom extract in case you are not 100% certain that it is a natural extract. See also

2. Packaging: Do not label or design packaging to attract youngsters and teens. Natural kratom powder might be relatively safe, it certainly is not in the hands of imature and or irresponsible people.

3. Internet: Give proper information but as basic as possible, add references to the risks and responsible usage found elsewhere on the web. Under no circumstances claims should be made, since that would be a direct reference to drugs and kratom is not a drug when sold legaly.

How can you help as a concerned user of kratom?

If you notice that sellers are breaking the rules, simply do not buy from them, it might seem futile but this is the most effective way to eliminate the undesired activities. Alternatively you can join a kratom community , like kratom connoisseurs, report the seller on the forum, so other community members can take action with you.

Ideally there should be some kind of association to lobby for kratoms legal status. But their is no group or organisation present that could represent the more serious kratom sellers and concerned users to support their mutual goals. Alternatively we can sit and wait while more countries are banning kratom as sellers continue to push thier powders as a cool alternative for cocain and opium….
Maybe it is about time to get together and do something about this?

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