Publisher’s Note: The Guardian reports:
This is an unprecedented action. It’s never happened before,” said agency spokesman Russ Bayer. “We’ve never withdrawn a notice to temporarily schedule any substance but we want to move through this process in a transparent manner.”
CRE most certainly served as a catalyst in its initial communication with the DEA, however it was the DEA—not CRE—that gave all the affected individuals the relief they sought. Kudos to the DEA.
Kudos also to our many readers who made nearly one thousand informative comments which were reviewed by Administration officials as authenticated by our traffic counts on this website.
N. B. The post which follows was made several days before the DEA made its announcement.
CRE appreciates the considerable recognition that the kratom community has given to our work. We continue to receive a large number of emails from you and learn from each and every one of them.
We have been asked repeatedly what our next steps will be; some even asking why our future plans are not near as transparent as our past actions in which we broadcasted our every move on the Kratom Policy Forum.
We, in conjunction with several very talented lobbying firms, were successful in educating the federal agencies of the downsides of a issuing a premature ban on kratom. We also benefited immensely from the informed public comments which were posted on the Forum; these comments placed considerable wind in our sails. We then announced that once the decision was made not to issue a final order instituting a ban that kratom should be subjected to a federal regulatory regime.
Based upon the actions taken by the federal government we conclude that we have met our objectives. Consequently our work is now finished and therefore we will terminate our work on this matter. We will make the Kratom Policy Forum available to the kratom community and will, from time to time, place articles of interest on it. In the meantime the kratom community may continue to use the Kratom Policy Forum as an information exchange by posting comments on the forum.
We would like to express our appreciation for the honor of providing a needed service to the community.