Kratom is legal in Canada; Kratom is legal in Mexico.
The United States has a significant number of its population in dire need of kratom because other products do not live up to their claims. This is a textbook definition of the birth of a black market since the country in which a product is banned is surrounded by countries, which on each and every of its borders, sale the product legally.
Does one really believe that one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the world is ignorant of such an observation; we think this only a remote possibility but have no information to substantiate our underlying hypothesis.
The obvious question is whether there is an elephant in the room? Is there someone who wishes to ban kratom without giving its supporters any chance of rebuttal? Notwithstanding the fact that the product that has been in use for centuries, is there someone who wants to destroy any chance for further research by banning the product? A product ban would make it impossible for scientists to purchase the product in order to conduct the research needed to improve the use of kratom so as to free the American public from the use of ineffective alternative products.
In the last twenty four hours CRE has received more comments on its previous post than it ever has in its history. CRE has received hundreds of comments from concerned citizens who describe in startling detail the devastating impact a kratom ban would have on their daily lives. These are not form letters but stories from the heart of America. A representative letter is published below.
CRE believes that the bottom line is that even if one were to make the outlandish statement that kratom has no beneficial uses, banning kratom will without question establish a black market. Unfortunately the only institutions that are equipped with supply and distribution channels necessary to handle large volumes of product are organized crime and terrorist organization who seek a domestic source of funds
The reaction we have received demonstrates the need for DEA to conduct a notice and comment rulemaking on its proposal to ban kratom and therefore extend the effective date of its “temporary” rule from September 30, 2016 to July 1, 2017.
The text of a representative letter from our “Comments” Forum is as follows: