TWO BILLS THREATEN KRATOM’S LEGAL STATUS IN NEW YORK:
Senate Bill S6345 – Prohibits the sale or distribution of Kratom
Current Bill Status – On Floor Calendar
Most Recent Action – Mar 31, 2016: Advanced to third reading
Assembly Bill A8670 – Prohibits the sale or distribution of Kratom
Current Bill Status – In Committee
Most Recent Action – Jan 12, 2016: Referred to Economic Development
JUSTIFICATION OF BILL:
Kratom was first introduced to abusers of heroin and opioids in the United States as a beverage meant to end cravings and withdrawal symptoms, however recent reports have shown that this beverage has led to the opposite, now individuals are drinking Kratom to get a high similar to that of Heroin and opioids. Furthermore, numerous news reports have mentioned countless instances of individuals drinking Kratom and becoming suicidal, which has led individuals to again return to heroin.
The United States Food and Drug Administration banned the import of Kratom in 2014, however there is no federal law that bans Kratom in its entirety at the Federal level. Banning the sale and distribution of this potent beverage is crucial to ensuring the safety and welfare of our residents, especially those who are battling substance abuse.
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